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Thanksgiving Day Dinner Delivery @Mission Arlington

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!

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 deliiveries. This event is unhosted, so you may want to volunteer with family/friends and deliver together.

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.

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!

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 generaly contain dinner basics, but no drinks, fresh veggies/fruit or desserts.

Mission Arlington's main office is at 210 W South Street, 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!

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  • Doug L.

    I got there about 10:30 and the delivery portion was complete. I ended up helping clean up outside.

    November 27, 2012

  • Audra

    Wish DART could get me there :(

    November 22, 2012

  • Leticia

    Anyone interested in partnering up? I have an SUV with plenty of room in the back. I don't mind picking up. I live in North Fort Worth...

    November 18, 2012

    • Leticia

      Brenda - still interested in joining?

      November 21, 2012

    • Brenda R

      Leticia, do you have a starting time?

      November 21, 2012

  • Brenda R

    Leticia, what time are you starting?

    November 21, 2012

  • anna h.

    I have an expedition but am solo so if someone wants a partner I would be happy to team up. [masked]

    November 19, 2012

    • Felicia C.

      I would love to but im in Irving but taking my 2 daughters. Let me know :)

      November 21, 2012

    • anna h.

      Felicia I come through Irving to go there so please call me and we can organize meeting up either at your place of a central location. [masked] 3749. My first time too.

      November 21, 2012

  • anna h.

    I Live in Dallas 635/75 area.

    November 19, 2012

  • Keith D

    Can I bring my kids (10 &7) to help?

    November 9, 2012

    • Judi

      I'm bringing my two boys. We did it last year at Christmas too.

      1 · November 17, 2012

  • star p.

    I would love this... but my car not working that good. :(

    November 14, 2012

  • Dusty H.

    My kids are now 13 and 14 they won't let me miss it!

    November 7, 2012

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