DENVER (CBS4) – Volunteers dished out Thanksgiving meals for needy folks at the Catholic Charities Samaritan House on Thursday.
Now in its 13th year, the program assists homeless adults and children with food, clothing and shelter.
Employees from Westin and Sheraton hotels in downtown Denver helped out, and Olympic gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin was also on hand.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army and King Soopers teamed up again this year to provide hearty meals to those in need.
King Soopers donates 7,000 pounds of food to feed those less fortunate.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn how to give back and find out it’s not ‘Thanksgetting,’ it’s Thanksgiving,” Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, a divisional commander with the Salvation Army, said.
The Salvation Army also distributes socks, candy and coloring books to children.
“I enjoy doing this for the homeless, and it’s good to have a good heart,” Savana de la Cruz said.
And in Washington Park on Thursday morning, runners and walkers burned off calories while raising money for the Mile High United Way in the 41st annual Turkey Trot. More than 10,000 were expected to participate.
PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 Denver Turkey Trot
The money raised helps programs that improve childhood literacy, high school graduations rates and financial situations for needy families.