Holiday Miracle Events
The Miracle began on December 25, 1996 when the Denver ChopHouse staff, driven to brighten the holiday for the area’s hungry and homeless population, served a Christmas feast complete with all of the trimmings to 250 homeless men, women and children in the community.
What began as a small gesture of kindness has now spread across the United States. This year alone, more than 6,100 children and their families in Boise, Colorado Springs, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Portland will receive an outpouring of goodwill through our Miracle events.
Donate Now - Miracle
Volunteer Now - Miracle
Miracle Volunteer links will be live on November 1st, 2013. Please choose the event you wish to register for from the list below.
Please come back on November 5th, 2013 for the Denver Miracle Link.
- Boise, ID - Pre-Event Setup (12/24)
- Boise, ID - Miracle Event Shifts (12/25)
- Colorado Springs, CO - Pre-Event Setup (12/24)
Colorado Springs, CO - Miracle Event Shifts (12/25)
- Indianapolis, IN - Pre-Event Setup Shift (12/24)
Indianapolis, IN Miracle Event Shifts (12/25)
- Minneapolis, MN - Event Setup Shift (12/24)
Minneapolis, MN Miracle Event Shifts (12/25)
Minneapolis, MN Post-Event Clean Up Shifts (12/26)
Portland, OR Pre-Event/Miracle Shifts (12/24 & 12/25)
Denver, CO - Pre-Event Setup Shift (12/24)
Denver, CO Miracle Event Shift* (12/25)
*NOTE: Due to volunteer feedback from previous year's Miracles, we have made the decision to have one day long shift for the Denver Miracle, rather than multiple shifts. Thank you for understanding that this makes it possible or us to host a positive volunteer experience and to be able to serve more guests in the building which limits the amount of time they would need to stand in the cold, even if it means that some of you may not be able to volunteer this year.
It became time to grow. As our Miracle events developed and thrived in locations across the United States, the pervasive need for a new kind of celebration emerged amongst homeless families in our community: a celebration on Thanksgiving Day. The Thanksgiving Gathering event includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal, hosted for local homeless and displaced families and served by eager community members.
This is a day centered on dignity and celebration, served up with a side of warm hospitality. Guests are transported from shelters to our restaurants for a delicious holiday meal. More important than anything else though, guests feel honored and cared for by gracious community members, because that is what the Thanksgiving Gathering is all about. This year, restaurants in Seattle, Longmont, and Manhattan, KS will be hosting over 1,600 guests at our Thanksgiving Gatherings.
Volunteer Now - Thanksgiving Gatherings
What happened to the Denver Thanksgiving Gathering?
Over the summer, we reached out to our Thanksgiving Gathering charity partners to ask how we could best support their work during the holiday season and throughout the year. Resoundingly, the feedback echoed a universal theme: the greatest need for service is NOT on Thanksgiving Day, but during breakfast and lunchtimes, on non-holidays. We learned that Denver’s homeless have the opportunity to enjoy an abundant meal on Thanksgiving Day at:
- Colorado Convention Center, served by the Salvation Army, Inverness Hotel & King Soopers
- Rosalinda’s Café in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver
- Jackson’s Denver, located across from Coors Field
Our team took this feedback to heart, and began hosting shelter site visits to observe and devise a service game plan. Beginning this November, our Rock Bottom team will serve a monthly breakfast to Denver’s homeless youth at Urban Peak and lunch to low income and homeless seniors at Senior Support Services.
If you wish to volunteer for one of our Holiday Miracles, those events will be available starting on November 1st, 2013.