Highlands Ranch community provides huge feast for homeless
With Thanksgiving around the corner, many Douglas County School District schools are organizing food drives while teaching students the spirit of giving to those less fortunate. In Highlands Ranch this week, several schools in the ThunderRidge feeder have been collecting turkeys and other food to be donated to the Denver Rescue Mission.
This is an annual event organized by Eldorado Elementary School. Jennifer Miller, a former Eldorado parent, and her family started the food collection at the school over ten years ago. Another Eldorado family, Brian and Susie Wilkinson, shortly after offered their truck and services to pick up and deliver the feast, and they have continued this tradition for the past decade.
Eldorado’s Student Government now leads the annual turkey drive for the school, which has continued to be a huge success for the school and community. This year, the Student Government President, Andrew Crawford, and Vice-President, Alex Franciscotti Loaiza, contacted area schools to invite them to participate in the turkey drive. Saddle Ranch Elementary, who came on board two years ago, and Coyote Creek who joined the team this year, are now also working to collect food for the Denver Rescue Mission.
The schools even have a little contest going. The school that collects the most turkeys will be awarded the Golden Gobbler trophy, and bragging rights, of course. As of press time, a total of 124 turkeys and thousands of pounds of canned and dry goods have been donated by families to the schools for the Denver Rescue Mission.