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YESvember 2023


November is a magical month for Open Arms of Minnesota. Since 2015, Open Arms has turned NOvember into YESvember for all our clients across Minnesota. We are not only preparing and delivering medically tailored meals to our critically ill neighbors, but we’re also cooking Thanksgiving feasts, packaging delicious holiday treats, and working extra hard alongside our incredible volunteers to meet the increased number of meal requests throughout the holiday season. It’s a busy time, but it’s our favorite time of year too! There is always indescribable energy mixed with the smell of home-cooked meals permeating throughout our facilities. 

To meet November’s high demand and ensure our clients and their loved ones receive extra love throughout Thanksgiving and the holidays, we need your support. This year, we need your help in providing Thanksgiving feasts for up to 1,500 clients. Please help support our Turkey Drive and other YESvember opportunities so we can ensure our critically-ill neighbors have a lovely Thanksgiving feast this year!

4 Ways You Can Help

1. Donate

An $80 donation provides a Thanksgiving meal to a client. For $240, you can purchase a flock of turkeys, which provides three Thanksgiving meals. Click HERE to donate.

2. Start a Turkey Drive Fundraiser

Start a TURKEY DRIVE DONATION PAGE and encourage your friends and family to donate. Receive prizes when you unlock badges! Learn more HERE and start your fundraiser HERE.

3. Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help prepare, package, and deliver meals at our kitchen in South Minneapolis the weeks of Nov. 14 and Nov 21. Sign up for a volunteer shift HERE or email us at [email protected] if you haven’t volunteered with us before. 

4. Spread the Word

Help us spread the word about our Turkey Drive by posting on social media! We have everything you need to promote the event in our Turkey Drive Toolkit!  

Make the Holiday Season Bright

Money raised from Turkey Drive goes directly towards preparing and delivering Thanksgiving meals for clients with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, MS, ESRD, CHF, and COPD.

Looking for more information?

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Institutional Giving, Megan Mattson, at [email protected] or 612-767-7339.

It’s Turkey TIME!

Each year, as part of YESvember, Open Arms of Minnesota celebrates Thanksgiving by providing each client the opportunity to receive a wholesome turkey dinner to enjoy with their loved ones. To ensure our clients have a homemade feast to enjoy Thanksgiving Day, we ask that you consider getting involved in Turkey Drive 2023! You can donate or even start your own Turkey Drive fundraiser and help us grow our community of supporters! This year’s goal is $168,000, our most ambitious goal ever!  

Gobble gobble, thank you for turning November into YESvember for our critically ill clients and their loved ones!