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Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

We’re currently gearing up for our big Thanksgiving outreach. We’ll serve and deliver nearly 3,500 Thanksgiving meals this year! And we’ll definitely need the help of lots of volunteers for the following…

  • Food Donation Day – Wednesday, November 27 (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Thanksgiving Day Onsite – Thursday, November 28 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery Driver Teams – Thursday, November 28 (9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Online registration for Thanksgiving volunteering opens on Tuesday, October 1. (If you’re one of our faithful M25 volunteers, you’ll get the opportunity to sign up early! Watch your inbox for a special advance sign-up link.)

More Holiday Activities

Donate Food

We’ll serve and deliver thousands of meals this Thanksgiving and Christmas…in addition to the 500+ meals we already serve every day! You can help tremendously by donating much-needed items. We will be collecting holiday food donations on Wednesday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Bethel Mission facility (1310 6th Avenue in Des Moines). Needed items include:

  • Ready-to-serve dinner rolls
  • Cookies (packaged two per baggie)
  • Ground beef, pork loin, bacon, ham
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, butter
  • #10 cans of green beans or mixed vegetables
  • Condiments
  • Salad dressing (e.g., ranch, French, Italian)

Mission: Christmas gift bags

We’re on a mission to make sure all 200+ homeless men, women and children in our care this Christmas feel extra loved. You can help us by providing gift bags filled with practical and personal items. You can “adopt” a man, woman or child—we’ll provide a specific gift list, as well as delivery instructions. Sign up to provide one or more bags here.

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