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Denver Highlights All the Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Donations support children, seniors and individuals served by DHS and its partners

Nov. 17, 2017 

In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Denver Human Services (DHS), Denver’s Road Home and community partners are spotlighting all the ways to give to those less fortunate this holiday season.

“Denver is a compassionate and generous community and we want to encourage people to donate not just during the holidays, but year-round,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The gift of time, money or items in need may cost a donor very little but the impact of that gift can be priceless for those struggling to afford their basic needs.”

Denver’s Donation Guide highlights all the ways to give by volunteering your time or donating goods, food, clothing or dollars to area service providers. The quick reference guide outlines partners throughout Denver who serve people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of losing their housing. Some of the most needed items this winter include: jeans and warm pants, all-weather boots, gloves, hats, scarves, and hand-warmers.

Hats, scarves, gloves and mittens can also be donated to Giving Tree sites at the seven regional recreation centers, the atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, and Denver Police Department headquarters as well as the annual Light the Lights event at Civic Center Park. 

For those wishing to get in the giving spirit earlier, on Monday, November 20, city officials including DHS Executive Director Don Mares will join Mayor Hancock in supporting Denver Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.

Donors can also connect with a family, teen or senior served by DHS programs through the annual GIVE Denver Adopt-A-Family, Teen or Senior Holiday Gift Drive. There are three easy ways to donate to the drive:

  1. Adopt a family, teen or senior: Team up or register as an individual at to “adopt,” or sponsor, a Denver family, teen, or senior. You’ll receive an individualized shopping list to use when shopping especially for your recipient. Register to sponsor by December 1.


  1. Donate holiday gifts: Drop off a holiday gift at one of the designated sites by December 13, 2017 and GIVE Denver will deliver it to a DHS client. For a list of commonly requested gifts, head to Designated sites include all Denver Human Services locations and the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.


  1. Make a monetary donation: Let GIVE Denver do the shopping by making a credit card donation or sending a check to GIVE Denver, 1200 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO, 80204 with “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo line. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

To adopt a family, teen or senior, make a donation, or for more information, please call 720-944-GIVE or head to



About Denver Human Services

Denver Human Services provides assistance benefits and protection and prevention services to one in three Denver residents. Assistance programs including food, cash and medical benefits, child care, child support, and general assistance are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need. Other assistance programs include Employment First and Veterans Services, which work with Denver residents and veterans on job placement and retention. Protection & Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection, along with community-focused programming that includes in-home services designed to strengthen families and prevent abuse or neglect. For more information, visit