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Thanks To You, 326 Thanksgiving Meals Served

By Sierra Fleenor, Executive Director, GPHC

We are exhausted here at GPHC. Exhausted, but good exhausted. Exhausted like we just distributed 326 complete Thanksgiving meals to our neighbors, families in need right here in Greater Park Hill.

November was a lot of work, but it’s also been an honor to support the Thanksgiving Giveaway program. Our amazing regular volunteers for our food programs did double, triple, even quadruple duty to make sure the Giveaway was successful this year. We also had an influx of special volunteers who have donated hours and hours of their time to GPHC.

All of our volunteers have been exceptional. They counted, and recounted, cans of yams, corn, green beans and cranberry sauce. They hauled frozen turkeys and assembled meals and called clients and picked up boxes. Our volunteers made this event possible and their enthusiasm and senses of humor (and calming words directed at me) made the whole month outrageously fun.

We have also been blessed by incredibly generous donors. Neighbors answered my frantic call for boxes, ran out to buy turkeys, donated cases of corn and green beans and cranberry sauce. Others made financial contributions so that we could manage the number of turkeys on site. These donors made not only our Thanksgiving Giveaway happen, but also our Weekend Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry successful.

The folks at REALGiving, including Jay “Turkey-Wranglin’” Epperson, are always key to our Thanksgiving success, providing us with dozens of turkeys each year. We know how lucky we are to have amazing donors. I’d like to especially thank the folks at DANK Dispensary, including Jay Griffin and Dan Glenn, who donated $1,000 to help us buy turkeys this year. Their generosity touches my heart, and the hearts of our volunteers and clients.

Of course, the heart of our program is our clients: The families, seniors, and individuals who honor us with the privilege of serving them. To see the joy on our clients’ faces, the gratitude of those we serve—that’s why we do this work.

I’d also like to thank everyone who renewed their membership last month. Your membership donation enables us to carry out the imperative work of serving our neighborhood. We are a volunteer-run organization and that means we’re only as strong as our collective base. So, thank you for becoming a part of our team.

We know you’ve been generous; we know that you’ve made this holiday so special for so many of our neighbors. And, I hate to do it, but I’m going to request that you dig a little deeper into you pockets, as you are willing and able.

Dec. 5 is the statewide giving campaign called Colorado Gives Day. Nonprofits throughout Colorado are asking their donors and supporters to schedule a donation that day through the Colorado Gives Day website, at coloradogives.org/GreaterParkHillCommunity.  These donations are part of an incentive program. Last year we raised more than $2,600. If we exceed that number this year, we could receive an additional $5,000 donation from First Bank.

You can use our site on Colorado Gives Day to donate to our Weekend Food Program, the Food Bank, or even to renew your GPHC membership. Your donations will help us buy food our clients prefer, but don’t have access to, including bread and dairy products, as well as allowing us to make infrastructural improvements that our 50-year-old pantry desperately needs. We also still need donations for our food pantry and Weekend Food Program. For our food pantry we are currently in need of hygiene products, including deodorant (for men and women), body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste. We accept regular size, as well as travel size items. A couple clients have little ones who are growing and we now need diapers in size 4 and 5. In terms of food, we need canned fruit, fruit in jars, canned meats (tuna, spam, chunk chicken, etc), hearty soups, turkey chili, rice and corn.

For the Weekend Food Program, we need individually wrapped cereal bars and granola bars, individual fruit cups and applesauce, small boxes of raisins, individual servings of instant oatmeal and individual cereal bowls.

 

Volunteers

Amy Anderson

Jason Barth

Kelly Berry

Emily Brock

Stephanie Ceccato

Terelya Coneal

Lana Cordes

Jay Epperson

Claudia Fields

Harold Fields

Tas Frashure

JoAllan Gehde

Kristin Gibbs

Heidi Grove

Jim Groves

Elizabeth Heidl

Nam Henderson

Adrienne Hill

Feliz Hillman

Elizabeth Homlar

Noni Horwitz

Ryan Hunter

Erika Hutyra

Megan Jamison

Holly Kurtz

Liz LaFever

Rod Leman

Sara Lohmeyer

Debra Lovell

Tracey MacDermott

Amy Makurumidze

Nate Martin

Rich McClintock

Dani Meyers

Kerry Mierau

Riley Miles

Michelle Miller

Enrique Miranda

Jonathan Moore

Mark Moyle

Jasper Mueller

Chuck Nelson

Ava Noyes

Gracie Nunez

Justin Petaccio

Protass/Selsberg Family

Mike Quigley

Alison Rabinoff

Gen Rothberg

Dez Roberts

Katrice Russell

Mary Salsich

Emily Scherer

Ashley Scott-Trainer

Tammi Scroggins

Heather Shockey

Heather Shulman

Nicholas Sorensen

Carol Spensley

Suzanne Stemmler

Lauren Sudmeier

Mason Sukigara

Shane Sutherland

Amalia Thompson

Brooklyn Thompson

Ashley Thylin

Leslie Twarogowski

Sue Weinstein

Donna Westmoreland

Jeannie Willis

Katherine Wilson

Boy Scout Troop 34

Girl Scout Troop 3573

McAuliffe Student Volunteers

Donations

Jay Ahlborg

Justin Baccary

Tara Bannon

Amy Barrett

Dustin Barrett

Jason Barth

Kris Bergquist

Chris Berry

Kelly Berry

Stacey Bowers

Devin Brock

Emily Brock

Zana Brown

Lana Cordes

Dave DeMarais

Laura Dobbs

Cheryl Dorris

Jenny Dyer

Mike Earnest

Jen England

Jay Epperson

Kimberley Erickson

Gay Faris

Rob Fisher

Alexis Gallione

Mary Gerwin

Lauren Giusti

Dan  Glenn

Geneva Goldsby

Luther Goldsby

Shawn Gour

Jay Griffin

Jim Groves

Catherine Hakala

Lyle Hansen

Kristi Hardison

Ellen Hokansen

Bob Homiak

Stephen Hubka

Ryan Hunter

Karen Johnston

Bernadette Kelly

Kevin Kennedy

Scott Kinnamon

Mark Kuhl

Nina Kuhl

L.O. Levine

Tracey MacDermott

Patrick Maley

Viki Manley

Colin Mann

Christina Manzanares

Tanya Matthias

Anne McLaughlin

Denon Moore

Sean Moore

Harriet Mullaney

Mary Kay Myers

Chuck Nelson

Nicholas Nossaman

Louis Plachowski

Diane Pritchard

Rebecca Rogers

Maret Sanchez

Cara Schaarschmidt

Carla Shaver

Robert Shaver

Heather Shockey

Charles Sparks

Laurel Sparks

Elizabeth Spohn

Shane Sutherland

David Swan

Marilyn Swan

Pam Sweetse

Blair Taylor

Barbara Vossler

Demaris Way

John Wilson

Sue Wofford

Judy Wolfe

AARP #995 – Queen City of the Rockies

Blessed Sacrament

Brandon J Scott Photography

Cake Crumbs and Patrons

Cure D’ Ars

DANK Dispensary

Denver Food Rescue

Fairfax Liquors

Food Bank of the Rockies

Hallett Academy

HM Capital

King Soopers

Messiah Community Church

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Park Hill Congregational

Park Hill Elementary School

Park Hill Library and Patrons

Park Hill United Methodist

REALGiving

St Thomas Episcopal Church

Station 26 Brewing Co.

Street Reach

Tables Restaurant

Members

Holly Bennett

Rena Bloom

Mary  Carlson

Barbara  Cavender

Susan Childress

Lana Cordes

Ann Daniel

Mona  Estrada

Janet Fairs

Elisabeth  Fedde

Raymond Fedde

Chip Galaty

Ezzard Harrison

Margerie Hicks

Ellen Hokanson

John Hokanson

Matthew  Jewell

Chris Kermiet

Sharon Kermiet

Mark Kochever

Armand Lebovits

John Lebsack

Douglas Mandic

Stacy McDonald

Frank McLaughlin

Patricia  Mead

Barbara  Redmond

Lea Reitzig

Rolf Reitzig

Lawrence J. Ricketts

Jacob Schor

Doug Schuler

Jenny Soep

Carol Spensley

Skip  Spensley

Wendi Torres

Sarah Ulrich

Linda  Weems

JP Young

Susan Young

Mile High Real Estate Valuations

St Thomas Episcopal Church


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