Ways to Give Back this Thanksgiving

Share the good things in your life with others by donating food, clothes or your time in Mountain View and nearby.

The 16th Annual Cops and Gobblers

For 16 straight years the Mountain View Police Department has put together baskets of food to feed more than 300 families for their annual Cops and Gobblers drive. If you're interested in helping them assemble the baskets, stop by 1000 Villa St. on Sunday Nov. 18, 2012 at 8 a.m. Bring a friend.

Food Collection Box

Community Services Agency wants to help fight hunger and food insecurity in the communities of Mountain View and Los Altos. This holiday season, CSA hopes to do so by collecting food in the boxes they've placed around Mountain View. Swing by the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education Center and the Entry Systems & Technology Division at Nasa Ames and drop off your non-perishable foods.

Turkey Trot 2012

Whether you prefer to walk, run or trot, consider participating in the annual Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Clara County. In its eighth year, the run takes place on Nov. 22 in San Jose. Psst! Mountain View won the Mayor's Cup in 2011!

Calling all Turkeys!

Second Harvest Food Bank has a shortage of turkeys this year to donate to local families. They usually giveaway 12,000, but are short by 5,590 fowls. Consider dropping by SHFB's Curtner Center (Willow Glen) and Bing Center Saturday, Nov. 17 with a turkey! Turkeys must be frozen and not thawed.

And after all that enjoy...

A hot spaghetti meal at Ristorante Don Giovanni's. Owner John Akkaya invites the community every year for Thanksgiving at his restaurant. Stop by on Thanksgiving Day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What other volunteer or fundraising activities do you know about that you can share with Patch readers? Add them in comments!


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