Snow forces one-day postponement of Denver Rescue Mission’s mass turkey giveaway

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Jeremy Stubbs, food distribution coordinator for the Denver Rescue Mission, holds up the first donation of their holiday turkey drive outside of Republic Plaza, Nov. 2, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Rescue Mission is moving distribution of its turkey-and-all-the-fixings boxes back a day because bad weather is on the way.

The nonprofit said 3,000 boxes of turkeys, packages of mashed potatoes and stuffing, and cans of fruit, vegetables, yams, pumpkin, gravy and cranberry sauce would be handed out Wednesday at the Broncos stadium from 8 to 11 a.m. for those who have registered and in a general distribution from 11 a.m. to noon.

The annual giveaway had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, when metro Denver is expected to be in the midst of a storm that could bring more than a foot of snow.

The Denver Rescue Mission also was closing its turkey drop-off center at its Lawrence Street shelter at 1130 Park Ave. West on Tuesday, but said it hoped to have that operating again on Wednesday. The organization said Monday afternoon that it had so far collected 14,685 turkeys, close to its goal of 15,000 birds.

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