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Thanksgiving has come and gone, but we're always thankful!

Thanksgiving marks the start of a crazy, wonderful, heartwarming (and sometimes stressful!) holiday season that takes us at warp speed to end of the year. We at Backpack Society are taking a moment ... and a deep breath... to think about what we are thankful for throughout the year. We're thankful for our wonderful volunteers, donators and community partners.

We were thrilled to accept the non-perishable items collected by the Littleton Hockey Association's U18AA team during their annual Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament. The guys delivered, sorted, and stacked almost 550 pounds of food at the tail-end of their Thanksgiving break. Their donation helped replenish our shelves that were diminished during our Thanksgiving Meal Box Pick-up, when we distributed 130 turkey dinners with all the trimmings, right down to the pumpkin pie and whipped cream! These were in addition to our weekly Family Box Pick-up! Needless to say, some appetites were very satisfied! (Burp!)

Littleton Hockey's U18AA Team delivering and sorting collected donations

We would be drowning in work without the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and muscles every week to help sort produce and non-perishable food items. They pack, deliver and distribute boxes (among many other things) for families and students in need. The Rini family is just one example of our outstanding volunteers on whom we depend. Not only do the Rinis volunteer their time, but as part of the twins' Boy Scout Troop, they held a food drive for us bringing in a few hundred pounds of food!It's so hard not to smile like they are when you are helping friends and neighbors right here in our own community!

The Rini Family

AND our school and community partners have been amazing resources for us throughout the year. Sometimes they surprise us with unexpected food drives that help stock our shelves with much-needed staples. Trailblazer Elementary School recently dropped off more than 400 pounds of food right before Thanksgiving. ThunderRidge High School's No Place For Hate group held a food drive and collected donations to help us reach our Thanksgiving goals.The Word of Life Church in Lone Tree came up with an amazing donation of 45 turkeys! With the food drives and donations collected, we were able to make sure the 130 Thanksgiving boxes we distributed to families were filled to the brim!

Food-drive proceeds collected by Trailblazer Elementary School.

As we head into the end of the year and a host of glorious holidays, we have one question to ask you: "Brother, can you spare a dime?" OR $5 or $10 or $100? We would be so THANKFUL if you would think of us on Colorado Gives Day, December 7th. You can make your donation now and schedule it for December 7th. Your donation on this date will secure an additional boost to Backpack Society from Colorado's $1.6 Million Incentive Fund. Any little bit you can give will be magnified on Colorado Gives Day! Click on the button below to schedule your donation. THANK YOU!!

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