How to Give Back this Holiday Season

There’s a spirit of gratefulness this time of year, and many people are looking for ways to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s time, food, or a money donation, you can give a Thanksgiving meal to those in need through one of these organizations.

By Karlee Renkoski

Nov 2016

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Victory Mission

1715 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield
What to Donate: Money, food items, time
The Details: Victory Mission’s Thanksgiving dinner is one of the largest meals they provide each year for people in poverty. Get involved by donating money or serving food. The organization also gives away food baskets and appreciates nonperishable, traditional Thanksgiving food items.
For More Info: Call 417-831-6387 or visit 

Ozarks Food Harvest

2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave., Springfield
What to Donate: Time, food items
The Details: Participate or watch the Ozarks Food Harvest’s annual Turkey Trot, and while you’re there, give items to the food drive. Last year the drive received a record 7,805 pounds of food for underprivileged in the area. 
For More Info: Call 417-865-3411 or visit

The Kitchen

1630 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield
What to Donate: Money
The Details: Families can receive ingredients to make a warm Thanksgiving meal through your cash donations to The Kitchen, which go toward foods like turkey, ham and canned vegetables. Families, veterans and youth individuals are thankful for a meal and those who provided it. 
For More Info: Call 417-837-1500 or visit


615 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
What to Donate: Money, time
The Details: Every year Crosslines asks for donations during Thanksgiving that go toward food baskets for the food-insecure. You can also volunteer to hand out the baskets, which include traditional meal items such as precooked ham, canned veggies, bread, Jell-O mix and more.
For More Info: Call 417-865-5810 or visit

Salvation Army 

1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield
What to Donate: Money, food 
The Details: The Salvation Army is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch as part of the Frontline Feeding Program. The lunch feeds those without homes and other families in need at Harbor House. Get involved by contributing food and monetary donations or by working as a server. 
For More Info: Call 417-862-5509 or visit