THANK YOU so much to everyone who has signed up to volunteer on Thanksgiving and Christmas! Due to an overwhelming response from our awesome community, all our on-site and meal delivery driver team volunteer positions are full. But here are a couple of ways you can still help out this holiday season: 

Mission: Christmas

We will provide more than 200 Christmas gift bags for men, women and children in our emergency shelter and life recovery centers . . . and we couldn’t do it without you!

When you “adopt” a man, woman or child this holiday season, we’ll provide a specific gift list and you’ll fill a Christmas bag with hygiene items, devotional books, toys and other items from the list. The cost estimate per bag is $35-$50.

To sign up to provide one or more gift bags, give us a call at 515-265-7272 or email

Food Donations

We’ll serve and deliver 2,500 meals on Thanksgiving . . . and then we’ll turn around and do it again on Christmas. Plus, we serve more than 465 meals every day at Hope Ministries. You can help provide holiday meals by donating much-needed food items.

We will collect donations for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals at our Bethel Mission ministry center (1310 6th Ave) on:

  • Wednesday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here are our specific food needs:

  • Ready-to-serve dinner rolls
  • Cookies in baggies (two per baggie)
  • Ground beef, pork loin, bacon, ham
  • Milk, cheese, eggs, butter
  • #10 cans of green beans or mixed veggies
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayo (large-size) 

If you have any questions on any of these holiday opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (515) 265-7272 or


Verse of the Month

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

-Romans 8:28




Hope Ministries
PO Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304
Phone:  515.265.7272 | Fax: 515.262.0471