Annual food drive to provide 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to needy

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DENVER -- About 10,000 Coloradans will have a happy Thanksgiving knowing they'll have a meal to put on the table.

It's the 50th anniversary of an event started by the late Daddy Bruce Randolph in 1963.

But now other organizations have taken over--and they're getting a helping hand from a Denver Broncos rising star.

Just days before Thanksgiving in Denver, the charity is as strong as the need.

"I was homeless for 5, 6 years and it's really a blessing to us," says Jackie Lopez, one of thousands standing in line on a closed High Street.

They wait to take home one of 10,000 boxes filled with a complete Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

"This all came because of Daddy Bruce," says Pastor Ronald Wooding, spokesman for the Epworth Foundation.

The organization has watched the event grow to its largest today -- since its founder Daddy Bruce who provided cooked meals -- died 10 years ago.

"Some of these families would not have had a Thanksgiving if it were not for this event," says Wooding.

Families are finding a 13-pound turkey, rolls, cranberry sauce and yams inside the baskets--enough food to feed a family of eight.

It cost $300,000 to feed these families--all from donations--and a partnership with Walmart which provides the food at-cost.

In Aurora, a Denver Bronco is also helping the Epworth Foundation tackle hunger on Thanksgiving.

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. donated the money to pay for 1,500 baskets--most of them delivered by Bailey Moving and Storage--but dozens handed out by the Bronco himself.

"It's something that God has put into my heart to do, just to give back to the community--and this is where I play," he says.

It's also a place where few will go hungry on a day of thanks for the bounty in our lives.

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