Area groups gear up for public Thanksgiving events

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AURORA | Glatis Hoffman has been serving up turkey, mashed potatoes and other Thanksgiving fixings to the city’s senior citizens for 38 years at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Aurora.

She says it takes more than 300 volunteers and 12 participating organizations to purchase, gather, cook, plate, and serve the 1,000 pounds of potatoes, 100 turkeys and 250 pies. “We make everything from scratch. We don’t buy it already-made,” she says.

Hoffman says Aurora police and volunteers will be delivering 600 meals to homebound seniors as part of its senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner happening Saturday, Nov. 22.

She says the event has reached its quota on turkeys, but will be accepting pies through Saturday.

“We prefer no pies with meringue because the older people, they fuss if somebody gets a meringue pie,” she says. The pies can be delivered to the lodge through Saturday morning.

No reservations are needed for those attending in person and transportation is available from six different locations, including Aurora Center for Active Adults, Aurora Village, Aspen Meadows, Aspen Place, Buckingham Gardens, and Fletcher Gardens. Residents can sign-up for transportation at any of the six locations’ manager’s offices.

Donations for the event can be sent to “Aurora Senior Dinner,” attention Glatis Hoffman, 1151 S. Galena St., Aurora, CO 80247.

38th Annual Aurora Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 22, 1151 S. Galena Street, Aurora. Call 303-366-2557 for more information.

Serving a Thanksgiving meal on the lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center feels like a coming home for Greg McDonald, community outreach director for the Heritage Christian Center. The center got its start 25 years ago serving meals to families who lived in motels near Colfax Avenue in Aurora, but has operated out of Civic Center Park for the past 10 years.   

“Originally, we started (serving meals) at the Red Coach Inn on Colfax in the parking lot,” McDonald said. “This will be our first year at the municipal center.”

McDonald says guests can look forward to much more than a Thanksgiving meal at Aurora city hall. The event will also include dance and drama performances, free haircuts, food boxes, winter clothing, job information, veteran services, and health and wellness services.

The center still needs non-perishable food items, canned food, gently used winter clothing, and monetary donations. Donated items can be dropped off at Calvary Temple, 200 S. University Blvd, Denver. Or call 720 940 4676 to have someone pick up items.

Coming up

Heritage Christian Center’s 2014 Annual Thanksgiving Outreach at the Aurora Municipal Center. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 27,  15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora. Call 720-940-4676 for more information.

The SHARE Thanksgiving Basket Project, which provides Thanksgiving meal baskets to more than 225 needy families through Cherry Creek Schools and community organizations, is accepting monetary donations.

Cherry Creek Schools spokeswoman Anna Dolan says donations can be sent up until Thanksgiving Day to SHARE Project, Student Achievement Resource Center

Attn: Jean, 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112

Where you can help

38th Annual Aurora Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 22, 1151 S. Galena Street, Aurora. Call 303-366-2557 for more information. Serving a Thanksgiving meal on the lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center feels like a homecoming for Greg McDonald, community outreach director for the Heritage Christian Center. The center got its start 25 years ago serving meals to families who lived in motels near Colfax Avenue in Aurora, but has operated out of Civic Center Park for the past 10 years.
“Originally, we started (serving meals) at the Red Coach Inn on Colfax in the parking lot,” McDonald said. “This will be our first year at the municipal center.”
The event will also include free haircuts, food boxes, winter clothing, job information, veteran services, and health and wellness services.
The center still needs non-perishable food items, canned food, gently used winter clothing, and monetary donations. Donated items can be dropped off at Calvary Temple, 200 S. University Blvd, Denver. Or call 720 940 4676 to have someone pick up items.
Heritage Christian Center’s 2014 Annual Thanksgiving Outreach at the Aurora Municipal Center. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 27,  15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora. Call 720-940-4676 for more information.
The SHARE Thanksgiving Basket Project, which provides Thanksgiving meal baskets to more than 225 needy families through Cherry Creek Schools and community organizations, is accepting money.
Cherry Creek Schools spokeswoman Anna Dolan says donations can be sent up until Thanksgiving Day to SHARE Project, Student Achievement Resource Center
Attn: Jean, 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112