“Love and care for our neighbors is at the heart of the Christian mission, especially during the season of Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for our many blessings.”

— The Very Reverend Randy Hollerith, Cathedral Dean

Thanksgiving Basket Drive 2018

The Cathedral Congregation, in partnership with Covenant Baptist Church/UCC, Friendship Place, and First Baptist Church, is organizing to provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need throughout the city. Join with the Cathedral staff and other friends in the community by helping us go even further in 2018.

Last year, the Cathedral congregation delivered 1000 meals through partners around the region – a combination of donated “baskets” and funds raised to purchase turkeys and additional food. Help us reach 1,250 in 2018!

Ways to Help:

Contribute “Baskets”
  • Sign up (by Nov. 11) to prepare and contribute one or more “baskets” of designated non-perishable food items
  • Deliver “baskets” (in reusable grocery bags with handles) to the Cathedral on November 18 from 8:30 to 11:30 am
Donate funds to purchase turkeys and additional baskets
  • ONLINE:  Give online now
  • IN PERSON: Give cash or checks at the Congregation Table beginning Sunday, Oct. 14
  • VIA TEXT:  Text the amount you want to give and “thanksgiving” to: 202-856-9005 (example: text “50 thanksgiving”)
Volunteer to help
  • Volunteers are needed for basket assembly at Covenant Baptist Church and the Cathedral, and for basket delivery to community partners. Multiple dates are available.
  • Sign up to volunteer


Drop off your Thanksgiving baskets in the bus garage retail space, November 7–16 and Sunday, November 18.


Wednesday–Friday, November 7–9, 3–6:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 12–5 pm
Sunday, November 11, 1–3 pm
Monday–Friday, November 12–16, 3–6:30 pm
Sunday, November 18, 8:30–11:30 am

The bus garage retail space is located adjacent to the restrooms in the garage.    Questions? Email congregation@cathedral.org

Help Us Reach 1250

Suggested “basket” items:

  • 2 cans beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cans sweet potatoes or candied yams
  • 2 cans cranberry sauce
  • 2 boxes instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 boxes stuffing mix
  • 2 boxes macaroni & cheese
  • 2 cans or packages of gravy
  • Non-perishable dessert, such as cake mix and icing

Thursday, November 22, 2018  •  10 am

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing

Join us for the Holy Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day. In the Cathedral adorned with the beauty of God’s abundance, give thanks for the year’s blessings, offer prayers for the world, and celebrate the Holy Communion, The Great Thanksgiving. All are welcome.

Preacher: The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright
Presider: The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith

Please note: There will be no childcare available for this service.

Thanksgiving at the Cathedral