How 121 Free Meals Were Delivered This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, LSA Burger Co., Barley & Board and Serve Denton partnered up to present #GivingThanksgiving. This is the second year Serve Denton has organized the event, contacting local nonprofits like Giving Hope, Inc. and Denton Christian Preschool to collect names of people who were homebound for the holiday and would be in need of a Thanksgiving meal. The two restaurants volunteered to cook the Thanksgiving meals complete with a turkey, sides, silverware and dessert for as many people as needed. And they covered all of the costs!

 

The Preparation

 

Two of our staff members contacted each family to confirm they would be in town and wanted to receive a free Thanksgiving meal. Many of the calls ended in tears of joy and thankful hearts; families anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers delivered meals to 27 local families, affecting 121 individuals. Volunteers picked up the pre-cooked meals at Barley & Board on Thanksgiving Day, then immediately delivered the meals to their assigned family in Denton County.

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We received so many volunteer requests this year that we had to direct some people to other opportunities in the community. It was encouraging to see so many people simply wanting to give back this Thanksgiving. Many of the volunteers headed over to Barley & Board after running in the Downtown Denton Turkey Trot.

 

The Deliveries

 

One family who received a meal said they were so thankful they didn't have to spend Thanksgiving at the soup kitchen but could enjoy a meal in the comfort of their own home.

Valerie Conley said, “It seems so easy to get caught up into the "doing" of the holiday season, scrabbling to meet work deadlines, making our homes "just right" for arriving family and friends and stressing over the meal prep; that we sometimes lose the "giving" of the season - standing in a modest apartment having five precious children hugging and loving on you for merely delivering a meal, certainly resets your perspective for the day...and perhaps the entire year!

 

Pictures From the Day

 

Here are some pictures of the volunteers who delivered meals this Thanksgiving along with some of the benefiting families!

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For more information about volunteer opportunities in our area, email volunteer@servedenton.org, and we will add your email to our monthly volunteer newsletter!