Bruce Randolph Thanksgiving Day tradition continues


More than 5,500 baskets were given away this year for the Thanksgiving dinner program started by “Daddy Bruce” Randolph.

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DENVER —A holiday tradition that started 51 years ago rolls on in Denver.

“Daddy Bruce Randolph had a small eatery — BBQ house — on 34th and Gilpin for years,” Pastor Ron Wooding said. “The first year he began feeding folks, he fed 200 people in City Park. After that, his holiday feed took place right in the street, in front of his modest restaurant.

"And now, the Epworth Foundation’s Denver Feed a Family Thanksgiving Distribution Program helps thousands each year.”

Hundreds of volunteers from as far away as Colorado Springs gathered in the wee hours of the morning to prepare baskets that contains enough food for a family of eight.

By dawn, folks were lined up waiting for the giveaway to begin. Those who sign up go first, then those who arrive late are also given their Turkey Day meal.

The tradition is made possible by Wal-Mart, United Airlines, Forest City Stapleton, Charles Schwab, Mortenson Construction and a dozen or so individual donors and businesses. More than 5,500 baskets were prepared for those in need.

On Tuesday, a documentary on the life and times of Daddy Bruce will be shown at the Cineplex on East Colfax Avenue and Detroit Street at 6 p.m. For more information, go to the Epworth Foundation website.

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