Operation Freebird returns to Adams County

Free birds won't be offered but certificates for free turkeys will


Operation Freebird, Adams County's free Thanksgiving food giveaway, will return this year with plenty of Thanksgiving trimmings but one big difference: There won't be any turkeys at the event.

"Instead, we are going to be giving away a free certificate that anyone can take to a location that sells Butterball turkeys and get a free turkey there," said Deputy Sherri Cole with the Adams County Sheriff's office. "Logistically, for the last two years, it's cost us more than it should have to keep the birds cold and fresh. So we are going with the certificates that people can redeem literally anywhere that sells Butterball turkeys. We hope we can use the savings to help even more people."

The event is being held this year at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at Mountain States Toyota, 201 W. 70th Ave. in Denver. There is no registration needed, so residents just need to show up and collect their food and their Butterball turkey certificate.

Operation Freebird is an annual event designed to provide all the makings for a Thanksgiving meal, from the bird to the rolls to the cranberries to the pie. No profits or income are generated by this event. The sheriff’s office, the Adams County Sheriff’s Foundation and more than 200 local non-profit agencies and other community partners also help provide a range of services to the needy in the North Metropolitan area.

Cole said the county is prepared to give Thanksgiving meals to 2,500 families. Multiple service agencies will also be available for dental screenings, flu shots, housing and food assistance, veterans services, and mental health resources. Sheriff's Deputies will also be on hand, with opportunities to meet the county's K9 officers and their handlers and the county SWAT Team and Bomb Squad.

Thankgiving, Adams County Sheriff, Freebird


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