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Thanksgiving Morning Dinner Delivery @Mission Arlington (Unhosted)

11/20 UPDATE: I’m excited to see that so many folks have signed up to volunteer for dinner delivery this Thanksgiving! I will be there 8-830 am hanging around right where the line forms. Look for me! It’s a great way to meet some new folks to hang out with in line. I'll be wearing my very fashionable one-of-a-kind Red Meetup Baseball Cap to make me a little easier to spot! Yes, definitely kids are welcome. We’d love to see photos of your delivery group and your car filled with dinners! Let’s respect the privacy of those we deliver to and NOT take photos of them. Thanks in advance for your service! ~dawn

TWO THOUSAND volunteers are needed at Mission Arlington from 8 AM through NOON and possibly beyond. Turkeys, turkey baskets, and hot meals need to be delivered to waiting families. Volunteer as long or as short as fits your schedule. Thanksgiving happens rain or shine!

VOLUNTEER
First you'll wait in line with other volunteers. Then everyone gets different delivery assignments (with maps!). Keep in mind how many boxes you can fit in your vehicle! Then you'll go get your car and pull up in the Volunteer Line to get boxed dinners for your assigned deliveries. This event is unhosted, so you may want to volunteer with family/friends and deliver together. DFW Bucket List and Random Acts of Kindness meetup groups are also invited.

DELIVERY
Clean out your trunk or back seat because eventually you'll pull your cars up close, pick up boxed dinners and frozen turkeys, and head out to make deliveries. Many of these are in apartments, so be prepared to climb stairs.

FAMILY FRIENDLY
Their website doesn't list a policy regarding child volunteers for this event, so I'd say bring them! Most places prefer 12 and up. I have taken Girl Scouts as young as 4th grade to deliver Thanksgiving dinners in the past. They hosted a food drive, sorted the donations, decorated copy paper boxes, boxed up the meals, and delivered the dinners. You know if your kids are up for this kind of activity!

PLEASE NOTE
Mission Arlington is not requesting food donations on this day, they will have boxed up dinners in advance. However, some organizations will still be delivering frozen turkeys to them on this day since there isn't enough room to store all the frozen donations long-term. I've been asked by members if it's OK to add 'extra' items to the boxed dinners you're assigned to deliver. If you want to, I suggest keeping the items in your car and adding them to the boxes at the delivery locations so you don't slow down the drive-through pick up line! The boxes generally contain dinner basics, but no drinks, fresh veggies/fruit or desserts.

LOCATION
Mission Arlington's main office is at 210 W South Street, www.MissionArlington.com. They have other area locations, but the Volunteer Line is at this location. Typically the road is blocked off, so you can't miss it! Wear comfy shoes. It's OK to bring coffee or breakfast in line while you wait!

Check out our previous Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery event HERE. (That year we met for breakfast first at McDonald's on Abram St. so the pix started there.)

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  • Maureen

    Wonderful to see so many caring people. Mission Arlington had everything so well organized it was a pleasure to help out. T
    Thanks for putting us all together Dawn!

    November 22, 2012

  • Dave

    Thanks for organizing, Dawn!

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • Dawn

    WOW, visited with 60 of ya'll there and I know there were even more now that I've seen the photos and comments. Ya'll are awesome, thanks so much for sharing your Thanksgiving with these families!

    November 22, 2012

  • Ada

    By the time we came back for a second round, everything had been delivered. What a great turnout!

    November 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Deliveries are complete. They need no more help delivering

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • Joy H.

    Delivered our first round and back in line.

    November 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      on the way back for my third

      November 22, 2012

  • Ada

    I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm sure the people who receive these meals will be giving lots of thanks for the love and generosity!

    November 22, 2012

  • Dawn

    I'm at the Group Registration sign facing MA with my hat on!

    November 22, 2012

  • Candy H.

    The Cowboy start time is actually 3:15 today.

    November 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here right now ...

    November 21, 2012

    • Lauren S.

      I thought you got your days confused. Sorry. :)

      November 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lol ... its ok

      November 21, 2012

  • Dawn

    Stuff to know: 8 AM Turkey Trot in the Cowboys/Rangers stadiums areas. 6 PM Cowboys play at home. Several restaurants are open for lunch or dinner if some of ya'll want to go afterwards. Closest to Mission Arlington is J Gilligans. Others in the stadium area include Olenjacks, Sherlocks, Humperdinks. Bostons is open on Hwy 360. More here: http://www.experiencearlington.org/includes/events/?action=displayDetail&eventId=16869

    November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Getting a feel .... all good

    November 21, 2012

  • Kim R.

    I have never done something like this before. Do we ride together? I will be coming alone and I don't really want to go by myself to their places. Do we usually ride in a group?

    November 21, 2012

    • Dawn

      Come early and find me (see the note in the event description) and the other folks. By the time you get through the line, you'll have plenty of new friends to deliver dinners with!

      November 21, 2012

    • Joy H.

      My son and I will be riding in my CRV if anyone wants to ride with us you are welcome to

      November 21, 2012

  • Nancy

    I have not done this before so my question is - how big are the dinners and how heavy?

    November 21, 2012

    • Dawn

      They are typically in boxes about the size of a copy paper box. The dinner is usually lighter than the frozen turkey that comes separately.

      November 21, 2012

  • Lauren S.

    I have room for one adult in my car if anyone wants to ride with me and my three kiddos. :)

    November 21, 2012

  • Dawn

    I'll be there in the morning hanging around for a while where the line forms so the early (on time) folks can find some of us before getting in line. I'll also be wearing my very fashionable Red Meetup baseball cap to make me a little easier to spot!

    1 · November 16, 2012

  • Dawn

    Please note - some roads will be closed near the Ballpark for the annual Turkey Trot this same morning. This may impact your dinner deliveries!

    November 12, 2012

  • Dawn

    Cindy - yes, they have a few options, but I've never done the hot meals, so can't describe it well enough to share with the group here. Have fun!. Ly - you can go to their website (link above) and see the other volunteer opportunities. Someone has to box up all those dinners in advance! And they have more opptys in Dec for Xmas too.

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    have to work on T. Day but very interested in learning about more opportunities to serve, possibly the day before. thanks for keeping us in the loop, Dawn

    October 28, 2012

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