DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Rescue Mission has fallen short of its goal to collect turkeys for those less fortunate and is trying to collect thousands in a last-minute push leading up to Thanksgiving.

The Denver Rescue Mission has been around for 120 years. One of the organizations traditions is to help those less fortunate gather the needed items for a Thanksgiving holiday meal.

“It’s our chance to be there for the homeless and poor in our community during the holiday season as well as all year round,” said Denver Rescue Mission spokeswoman Alexxa Gagner.

This year the organization has fallen a little short of the needed donations, including frozen turkeys, to make all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

They still need thousands of frozen turkeys to help make up their 10,000 frozen turkey goal. They also need all the other side dishes that help make the meal complete.

“We need canned pumpkin, canned vegetables, fruit, mashed potatoes, boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing, anything you think of when you think of Thanksgiving, we need all of those things for our food boxes,” said Gagner.

The Denver Rescue Mission will begin distributing the food boxes on Nov. 20 which only leaves a few days left to collect donations.

“Next Tuesday we’ll be giving out 1,250 food boxes to families complete with a turkey and all of the Thanksgiving items so they can have a Thanksgiving with their families,” said Gagner.

The Mission will serve some of those turkeys at the Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Nov. 21 at the Lawrence Street Shelter. Some will be used in 1,250 holiday food boxes and distributed to needy families in the Denver metro area through churches, schools and non-profit organizations.

The Denver Rescue Mission will provide about 136,000 meals during the holiday season.



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