This past Saturday, FBR was proud to take part in The 9th Annual Operation Free Bird, put on by the Adams Country Sheriff’s Office and area Adams County Business and Community Organizations. Over 3,600 families lined up at Rocky’s Auto on 64th Avenue and Federal Blvd. from 12noon-4pm to receive a reusable WalMart bag of food. These 5 pound bags included Cranberry Sauce, Gravy Mix, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, and Instant Mashed Potatoes. Additionally Sarah Lee was right next door to our mobile pantry truck handing out bread. Inside the event, families received certificates for free turkeys from King Soopers (thus the “Free Bird” reference!) In addition to the special mobile pantry, FBR had a resource booth distributing information about the services we provide to the community. Countless Adams County businesses donate time, products, educational element etc. for this annual community gathering. Dave Rothrock, owner of Rocky’s Autos, contributes financially to the event every year, provides the parking lot space where the event takes place and donates television advertising.
When we arrived at the beginning of the event, the line was a mile long spanning between Federal and Pecos. All 3,600 families were served, thanks to the generosity and hard work of a host of organizations, businesses and individuals involved. Volunteers from 3 groups – AmeriCorp, RAS & Associates, and a Jr Girl Scout Troop from Adams County were on hand that day to ensure the event ran smoothly. And that it did! We were so proud to be a part of providing food and hope to our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving!