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Denver Rescue Mission needs 15,000 frozen turkeys

The Denver Rescue Mission's goal is to collect 15,000 turkeys between now and Nov. 23.

DENVER — The Denver Rescue Mission has begun its annual turkey drive in the hopes of collecting 15,000 turkeys for those experiencing homelessness and hunger in the metro area.

The drive for frozen turkeys weighing 12 pounds or more will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Denver Rescue Mission said.

Since the beginning of the Turkey Drive on Nov. 1 to Nov. 17, there have been 10,000 turkeys already collected through donor gifts or the donation of a turkey.

The center is also collecting boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, canned vegetables, canned yams, canned fruit, canned pumpkin, canned gravy, and canned cranberry sauce, according to the Denver Rescue Mission.

The turkeys will be used in 3,000 Thanksgiving food boxes and distributed to thousands of people in need across metro Denver through churches, schools, and non-profit organizations.

There are four ways the community can help in the annual drive:

Drop off turkeys 

Donate a 12-pound frozen turkey at one of the following locations:

Donate now

You can donate funds by texting “TURKEY” to 24365 or by calling 303-313-2403. $15 to $25 is roughly the equivalent of one turkey.

Start a fundraiser

You can start your own online turkey drive fundraiser.

Spread the word

Share info about the Turkey Drive with your own community through the Mission’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and #GetGobbled.

"These 15,000 turkeys are more than just a collective number or goal," President/CEO of Denver Rescue Mission Brad Meuli said. "Every turkey encompasses endless possibilities of providing a single person or single household with joy and stability during the holidays. That’s what our Turkey Drive is all about, providing hope in the form of meals to our neighbors who need it the most."

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