DENVER (CBS4) – After being worried they would fall well short of the amount of turkeys donated to give to families in need, the Denver Rescue Mission announced Monday they have surpassed their goal of getting 10,000 turkeys.

“The community has responded by donating 10,481 turkeys, and more are scheduled to be dropped off today,” Alexxa Gagner with the Denver Rescue Mission said in a statement.

The Mission delivers free turkeys to churches, nonprofits, schools and other organizations.

“Thousands of turkeys have been requested by nearly 80 agencies in the community who will be giving out food boxes and preparing meals for those in need,” Gagner said.

Gagner said on Tuesday about 1,250 families will pick up their Thanksgiving food boxes, including a turkey at The Crossing, the Mission’s transitional living community.

On Wednesday over 500 people will attend the Great Thanksgiving Banquet for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Donations are still being accepted at the Lawrence Street Shelter located at 1130 Park Avenue West in downtown Denver. For information or questions, visit or call (303) 297-1815.


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