Adams County’s Freebird flies again

Sheriff’s turkey giveaway program set for Nov. 18

Staff Report
Posted 11/13/17

One of the biggest non-profit Thanksgiveing turkey giveaways in the area - complete with health information, job assistance and public program help ­— kicks off at 10 a.m. Nov. 18.

The Adams County Sheriff’s office is hosting the Operation …

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Adams County’s Freebird flies again

Sheriff’s turkey giveaway program set for Nov. 18

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One of the biggest non-profit Thanksgiveing turkey giveaways in the area - complete with health information, job assistance and public program help ­— kicks off at 10 a.m. Nov. 18.

The Adams County Sheriff’s office is hosting the Operation Freebird again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Hyland Hills Water World. The goal of the event is 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.

“Together we make an impact larger than individual efforts,” Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh said. “Lives are touched, our community is strengthened.”

Operation Freebird began more than a decade ago as a small neighborhood get-together where Adams County citizens were invited to connect with law enforcement and received a free turkey.

The event has grown every year, with approximately 15,000 people expected to attend this year.

During Operation Free Bird events in 2015 and 2016 sheriff’s office and its supporters and sponsors were able to assist over 3,000 families and other community members with their holiday meals.

“As well as assisting those within our community, one of the most important things that occurs at Operation Freebird is the opportunity for local law enforcement to build trust and connect with the citizens in Adams County,” McIntosh said.

Partners include Bimbo Bakeries, which provided 6,000 packages of dinner rolls last year, and Petrocco Farms, which donated more than 1,200 bags of produce. The Adams County Housing Authority distributed 1,200 bags of non-perishable food including stuffing, cornbread mix, canned vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy in 2015 and 2016.

Waste Management is donating the bathrooms and trash receptacles for the day. Last year, the company brought 1,500 items and gave out their supply of food in the first 40 minutes of the event. The company also was recruting for open positions with their company.

In addition, non-profit agencies and efforts offered their services. Hunger Free Colorado provided informatoin about their services and helps families get signed up for food stamps, Community Reach Centers representatives are on hand to talk abou thier programs, The Anythink Library’s bookmobile registers new library cards and Lions KidSight Vision Screening and America’s Best Contacts and Eye glasses combine efforts to screen kids and provide doctor referals for those that need it.

Goodwill Industries of Denver also attends to hand give away books and to hire for their sorting and distribution facility. Walgreens and Crea Results provide flu shots and Fantastic Sam’s provides haircuts to children.

The Colorado State Patrol and its partners will also be providing child car seat checks and giving away new child car seats.

“As well as assisting those within our community, one of the most important things that occurs at Operation Freebird is the opportunity for local law enforcement to build trust and connect with the citizens in Adams County,” McIntosh said.

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