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!
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. NO need to sign up with MA in advance, just show up and get in line! DFW Bucket List and Around Arlington Meetup groups are also invited.
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 generally contain dinner basics, but no drinks, fresh veggies/fruit or desserts.
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 Around Arlington's previous Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery event HERE. (That year we met for breakfast first at McDonald's on Abram St. so the pix started there.)