Volunteers help distribute thousands of Thanksgiving baskets

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DENVER – More than 600 volunteers helped assemble and distribute up to 7,000 Thanksgiving baskets to Denver-area families in need this weekend.

For the eighth year in a row, the Epworth Foundation has continued the tradition of former Denver restaurant owner “Daddy Bruce” Randolph, who began donating Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the 1960s.

Each year, three city blocks are closed off at midnight on the Friday before Thanksgiving to allow volunteers to form a giant assembly line to put together thousands of baskets filled with food.

Volunteers from Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club gathered at Epworth United Methodist Church in Northeast Denver on Friday and Saturday to put together the Thanksgiving meals.

The baskets included a 13-16 pound turkey, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, corn bread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and cake mix. According to the Epworth Foundation, the baskets contained enough food to feed up to eight people.

Volunteers distributed the baskets to families who previously registered to receive a Thanksgiving basket this year.