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Donated truck makes Thanksgiving dinner possible for Denver area families in need

Mean Street Ministry used truck to pick up turkeys
Posted: 1:38 PM, Nov 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-28 15:38:24-05
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A generous donation is helping Mean Street Ministry help the community, especially during Thanksgiving when they distribute 200 turkeys to families in need.

The ministry's box truck was stolen last month and the theft threatened to halt operations at their food bank. The truck is used to collect food donations and by the time Contact7 ran a story, the shelves were going bare because they had no way to pick up the food.

Mean Street Ministry's founder, James Fry, said blessings started pouring in shortly after the story aired. Volunteers offered to pick up food donations using their own vehicles, then a viewer reached out to Contact7 with a gift that was more than Fry could've imagined.

"It was breathtaking, I mean, I’m telling you -- an army of people we’ve never even met before we’re showing up saying, 'How can we help?" said Fry.

A company called 3R Technology Solutions offered to donate a box truck that they were no longer using. When Fry saw the truck for the first time, he said it was perfect.

Fry and his volunteers have been using the truck for a little more than a month now. It's on the road five days a week in order to keep the ministry's food bank up and running.

Thanksgiving is always an important time of the year for Mean Street Ministry because they pickup 200 turkeys for Denver area families and they needed that new truck in order to collect those donations.

"It’s a piece of love to them, they get to act like they’re not in a bad place, it’s a moment of goodness that they see coming from the community," said Fry as he described what the turkey donations mean.