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How You Can Get Involved In Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving isn't just about eating turkey and watching football, for some it's much harder. Here are some Thanksgiving donations and volunteering spots in Wichita.

Presents in a Package

When: November 8, 2019,  10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: 8447 E. 35th N.

Collect items to be packaged and sent to our service men and women, and drop them off during business hours at NCRI – National Catastrophe Restoration, Inc., 8447 E. 35th N. in Wichita by November 8th. (A full list of items accepted is available at www.ncricat.com or www.volunteerkansas.org.) Donate to the postage fund. It costs $18.45 to ship each care package. Online donations can be made at facebook.com/volunteerkansas/ or by making checks payable to Volunteer Kansas and mailing to: Volunteer Kansas, PO Box 781598, Wichita, KS 67278. Signing up at volunteerkansas.org for one of two volunteer shifts on November 8, 2019 (10 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at NCRI – National Catastrophe Restoration, Inc., 8447 E. 35th St. N., Wichita. The day will be spent sorting and putting together the care packages.

9th Annual 'Say Grace' Thanksgiving Day 5K Race

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Where: GraceMed Health Clinic, 1122 N. Topeka, Wichita, Kansas 67214

The Say Grace Race is GraceMed’s signature fundraising event and is now the largest 5K race in Kansas. The annual family-friendly event takes place on Thanksgiving morning at 9:30AM and has become a tradition for many families. Nearly $600,000 has been raised over the first eight years of an event that has become a favorite of both serious and not-so-serious runners who come to the race from points near and far. 100% of these funds went to support the ministry of GraceMed.

We invite you to come out with family and friends on Thanksgiving morning and run, walk, or stroll through Midtown, one of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods. Then enjoy all of your holiday indulgences guilt free. 

Participant perks include:

  • CHIP timing
  • race t-shirt
  • unique awards for overall and age-group winners
  • team awards
  • food and water

Register as a sponsor or participant here.

Thanksgiving Food Drive For ALZ Caregivers

When: Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. - Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.

Where: Bourbon Street, 3863 S. Seneca St., Wichita, Kansas 67217

We are joining our friends at the Kansas Alzheimers Association to help recognize outstanding caregivers and help them enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving! Nov 1st thru the 22nd bring in any non perishable food item and receive a raffle ticket (max 5 per day). Each raffle ticket is good for one entry to be drawn Nov 23, we will be announcing prizes through out the month. We have already collected a Neon Sign as well as a heated Patron Jacket (Mens Large) more items to come!

Serenity Hospice Care

Donate: "Your donations may be used for staff education, patient and family resources, memorial events and/or veteran programs."

Hospice needs volunteers: "Volunteers provide important services to Serenity Hospice Care and the people we serve. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by Serenity Hospice Care."

Learn more about how you can help here.


Inter-Faith Wichita

Each year generous individuals (like you!) and organizations come together with HumanKind Ministries to run Wichita’s largest holiday assistance program, Operation Holiday. More than providing basic needs to Sedgwick County’s most vulnerable residents, Operation Holiday brings our community together in a spirit of human kindness to spread hope—showing our low-income neighbors that their community cares.

Stuff the Truck before you stuff yourself! Join us the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23rd, from 9am-noon as we collect donations for Operation Holiday with B98, Two Men and a Truck, and the Accident Recovery Team. Coffee and donuts will be served in the parking lot of the HumanKind administrative building located at 829 N. Market

Click here for more info on how to make a difference!


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