Volunteers handing out 2,500 Thanksgiving food boxes in Jefferson County

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Volunteers handed out 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes Sunday in Jefferson County.

The Action Center hosts the annual distribution to help those in need during the holiday season.

More than 400 community volunteers gathered at Jefferson County Stadium and set up a drive-thru so those in need didn’t even have to get out of their vehicles.

“The drive-thru process was put in place to better serve struggling clients and provide them with dignity,” organizers said in a statement.

About 9:30 a.m., it was like an assembly line, with about 10 lanes that drivers could pull into while volunteers loaded their vehicles with boxes containing everything needed to have a traditional holiday meal.

The event started at 9 a.m. was scheduled to last until 4 p.m., unless supplies ran out sooner.

Organizers asked that people preregister, but registration was available on site and organizers said they didn’t want to turn anyone away.

“We don’t want people spending their rent money or utility money to buy a Thanksgiving meal for themselves and their families. It’s an American tradition,” said Mag Strittmatter, executive director at The Action Center.

“It’s difficult nowadays and this really helps to get our food on the table and get our family together,” recipient Patty Medina said.

“When we have so many people who are needy, it’s important for us to get out and make sure that they have something to be thankful for,” volunteer Holly Rutherford Allen said.

At the end of the line there was a table where people could stop to write a thank-you note, if they wanted to.