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Thanksgiving Giveaway

History and Purpose

In 2013, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc held our first official Thanksgiving Giveaway. Before that time, we informally supported families and for 27 years we ran a Christmas Basket giveaway that ended in 1992 due to a lack of volunteers. Our Thanksgiving Giveaway is an integral part of the services we offer at GPHC and this occasion provides our neighbors with opportunities to volunteer, donate, or receive food, according to their needs and capacity. It is our goal to ensure as many families in need as possible enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner provided by their neighbors and GPHC. In 2016, we distributed over 250 Thanksgiving boxes, which provided approximately 1,350 people with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We plan to serve 300 families in 2017. We thank all donors and volunteers from prior years, and especially thank REALGiving for their continued support by providing frozen turkeys to our program.

To read more about the history of this giveaway, please check out this article.



We could not make the impact we do without each and every volunteer who comes out for our Thanksgiving Giveaway. Please consider joining us during this busy time of year. We have extended volunteer times available.

Volunteers will assume a number of roles, from helping build boxes to bringing turkeys from the freezer up to clients. This is a joyous time of year and we hope you will join us!

Individual and groups (adults only) – We welcome individuals and groups of adults to sign up for a time to volunteer using sign up genius. Please note:  if you have a group that is interested in volunteering and there are not enough slots open, please email: We are happy to find a good time for your group to volunteer!

Families with children and groups with children – we also welcome families with children and groups with children to join us. We have set aside special times for groups and families with children to volunteer. Please sign up using sign up genius.

Special Turkey Drop Off Location and Times

We know that many of you are busy during this time of year, so for your convenience, we will have a special drop off location for frozen turkeys.

Swing by before work or on your way to dropping off the kids (or dogs) and donate a frozen turkey to make a neighbor’s Thanksgiving special!

One of our awesome volunteers will be at Cake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St) on the following dates and times:

  • Mon, Nov 20 – 7am-9am FINAL DAY!

How to Donate

We accept financial donations, donations of gift cards to King Soopers and Sprouts, and donations of food items for our Thanksgiving Giveaway. Gift cards and food donations can be dropped off at GPHC Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm. Non-perishable items can also be donated at the Park Hill Branch of Denver Public Library (4705 Montview Blvd) or at Cake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St) during their regular business hours.

If you would like to make a financial donation to GPHC, please visit our Donate page (to use PayPal) or send a check to: GPHC 2823 Fairfax Street, Denver, CO 80207. Please make sure to write “Thanksgiving” in your memo.

Financial donations give us the most flexibility in when and what we purchase. So, if you’re unsure what to donate, please consider donating either gift cards or by cash/check or credit card to GPHC.

We need to receive most of our donations by Monday, November 13.

What to Donate

Most donations are needed by Monday, November 13 because we distribute all boxes for schools by November 17th. Boxes for GPHC Clients are distributed on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. The very last day to make a donation will be Monday, November 20th.

We will update this list every day until Monday, November 20th.

Please only donate frozen turkeys or pre-cooked turkey breasts for Seniors.

We accept any size of cans, but 16 or 24 ounce are preferred.


Item Number Needed
Frozen Turkey 11
Pre-cooked Turkey Breast (for Singles) 3
Corn 0
Blackeyed Peas 20
Carrots 0
Green Beans 0
Green Peas 0
Sweet Potato/Yam 75
Cranberry 0
Cream of Mushroom Soup 0
Broth 75
Gravy (packets preferred) 50
Stuffing 50
Potato (packets or boxes) 37
Fresh Items
Rolls 0
Carrots (lbs) 40
Celery (lbs) 40
Onions (lbs) 40
Potatoes (lbs) 50
Other Items Needed
Dessert (frozen pie preferred) 73
Pans 61
Cooking Bags 24

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