The Rapids players coaches staff cheerleaders and RapidMan took turns bagging up donated Thanksgiving meals that were hand-delivered to thousands of families around Denver who are not able to afford Thanksgiving meals for their families!
The Rapids were also joined by a group of Rapids fans that volunteered their time on Saturday morning as well.
This was the 4th straight year that the Rapids have taken part in the COMPA Food Ministry's Annual Thanksgiving Outreach the largest Thanksgiving Meal Donation program of its kind in the Western United States and one of the biggest in the country. The event took place on Saturday November 19th from 9:00am-noon (MT) at the National Western Stock Show Complex.
The Annual Outreach feeds around 60000 needy individuals who could not normally afford a Thanksgiving meal. The Rapids players coaches front office staff and RapidMan were on hand to help bag Thanksgiving meals for thousands of families who have been nominated by their community to receive donated meals. These meals were then hand-delivered to the families' homes.
This year’s 25th annual COMPA Thanksgiving Outreach was a community-wide effort to provide traditional holiday food to needy families in the Rocky Mountain Region. November 19th was the culmination of a succession of events that began back in September with the nomination of needy families the organization of food drives and the collection of financial gifts. The Outreach has helped impact hunger around the holiday season since 1981.
The Colorado Rapids Community Relations Department supports many events like this one during the course of every year. The mission of the Rapids Community Relations Department is to strengthen the bond between the franchise and Colorado's charitable organizations and to continue to build upon the extensive grassroots efforts of the club. It is the team's desire to be able to continually give back to our local community which has so faithfully supported the Rapids since the team’s inception in 1996.
For more information on the Thanksgiving Outreach Event as well as photos and future volunteering opportunities fans can log onto COMPA’s official website by CLICKING HERE.