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Denver Rescue Mission says it needs 7,000 more turkeys to reach goal

Denver Rescue Mission says it needs 7,000 more turkeys to reach goal
Posted at 12:38 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 14:38:04-05

DENVER — With less than a week left until Thanksgiving, Denver Rescue Mission is preparing to give thousands of free turkeys to those in need for its annual Turkey Drive. But it’s almost 7,000 birds short.

As of Friday at 9 a.m., the mission had gathered 8,025 turkeys in its freezer, but still needed 6,975 to reach its goal of 15,000.

The Turkey Drive not only helps those who came to the mission for meals, but various schools, churches and other nonprofits.

In addition to the thousands of turkeys, Denver Rescue Mission will also distribute 3,000 Thanksgiving food boxes. To learn how to volunteer to pack these boxes, visit or call 303-953-3955.

The mission is asking for donations of frozen turkeys weighing at least 12 pounds. They can be dropped off at:

  • Lawrence Street Shelter at 1130 Park Ave West, daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Ministry Outreach Center at 5725 E. 39th Ave, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • The Crossing at 6090 Smith Road, daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, for one day only on Friday, the parking lot outside the UCHealth Training Center at Pat Bowlen Field House, 13403 E. Broncos Parkway, Englewood will serve as a donation site from 2-6 p.m.