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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 2017, we distributed over 327 Thanksgiving boxes, which provided approximately 1,200 people with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. That’s 300 turkeys, nine turkey breasts, 161 frozen pies, 200 fresh rolls, 515 pounds of fresh vegetables and about 4,735 cans, boxes, and packets. Collectively, 110 volunteers donated 276 hours in just two weeks. Over 65 individuals and organizations made donations to support our work.

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.



Every year over a hundred volunteers help us pull together this incredibly successful event. We hope you and yours will join us this year in making Thanksgiving a very special occasion for our community.

To volunteer as an adult or a group of adults, please visit our Thanksgiving Volunteers (adults only) Sign Up Genius.

To volunteer as a family or a group with children, please visit our Thanksgiving Volunteers (families and groups with children) Sign Up Genius. Please note: children must be accompanied by at least one adult for every 5 children.


Special Turkey Drop Off

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

One of our awesome volunteers will be at Cake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St.) from 7am to 9am, Monday, November 12th through Friday, November 16th.

How to Donate

We simply could not help the many neighbors we do without donations from neighbors and supporters like you! We accept donations of food items, gift cards to supermarkets/grocery stores, and funds. 

You can make a financial donation by using this link (managed by PayPal) or by sending a check to GPHC at 2823 Fairfax Street, Denver, CO 80207. Please make sure to note on the memo that your donation is for our Thanksgiving Giveaway. All donations are tax-deductible and we will send donation acknowledgements (including tax receipts) to every donor by mid-December.

Gift cards to King Soopers, Safeway, Sprouts, and Whole Foods can be dropped off at GPHC (2823 Fairfax Street) during our normal office hours, Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm.

If you would like to make an in-kind donation, we keep a running list of which items we need below. Donations can be made at GPHC during our normal office hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm). Donations of non-perishable items can also be made at Park Hill Branch Library (4705 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80207) and Cake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207).

What to Donate

Most donations are requested by November 12 so we can start delivering boxes to schools on November 13. Please donate only frozen turkeys or pre-cooked turkey breasts for single households.

This list will be updated weekly between now and November 16.

We accept cans of any size, but prefer 16 or 24 ounce sizes when possible.

Item # Needed
Turkey, frozen 300
Turkey breast, precooked for singles 20
Corn 307
Blackeyed Peas 175
Carrots 100
Green Beans We have all we need-thanks!
Green Peas We have all we need-thanks!
Sweet Potato/Yam 634
Cranberry 82
Cream of Mushroom Soup We have all we need-thanks!
Broth 399
Gravy 438
Stuffing 422
Potato (packets or boxes) 436
Fresh Items (please donate after November 1)
Rolls 375
Carrots (lbs) 300
Celery (lbs) 300
Onions (lbs) 500
Potatoes (lbs) 1600
Other Items Needed
Dessert (frozen pie preferred) 175
Pans 300
Cooking Bags 300
Small Moving Boxes (can be used) 265


Support GPHC & Our Programs

Every dollar counts! Gifts of any size support our programs serving neighbors in Greater Park Hill. From our food pantry to our sustainability initiatives, we couldn't do it without you.