Latter-day Saints to deliver 2,900 turkeys from Utah to feed Denver’s homeless
Denver, CO—In an otherwise dry season for turkey donations in Denver, Catholic Charities will see a boost to its turkey drive for the homeless with a special delivery from Utah—2,900 turkeys donated by the Mormon church on Friday morning.
The load of frozen turkeys was trucked across state lines and will arrive outside Samaritan House shelter, 2301 Lawrence St., at 9 a.m. Nov. 18. A group from the Mormon church and from Catholic Charities of Denver will unload the turkeys into coolers before they are prepared and served to the needy.
"This is a blessing for Catholic Charities shelters and its work to provide a warm meal to hundreds of families and children facing homelessness this holiday season," said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter services for Catholic Charities of Denver. "We're grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their generous donation during this great time of need."
Elder Tom Priday, Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the donation from LDS Humanitarian Aid was made in response to the huge increase in need in the Denver area.
“We are grateful to LDS Humanitarian Aid for providing this generous donation and feel honored to support Catholic Charities in their many missions of love and mercy in our community,” Elder Priday said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the blessings of the services provided by Samaritan House and many other facilities to the homeless and the hungry in Denver during the holiday season.”
The donated turkeys feed hundreds of homeless men, women and children in the Denver area. The annual turkey drive is held at Samaritan House shelter in downtown Denver and at Catholic Charities’ others shelters—The Mission in Fort Collins and Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley.
Last year, Catholic Charities collected more than 3,000 turkeys. This year, Catholic Charities hopes to receive 4,000 turkeys. Catholic Charities will also deliver more than 1,600 donated turkeys to area parishes to fight hunger in Colorado.
The shelters will accept turkey donations through December 1. For more information, visit https://ccdenver.org/turkeydrive.
Cheryl Talley, Director, Communications and Marketing
Catholic Charities of Denver