Volunteer keeps Thanksgiving tradition going

Dinners given to families in need

DENVER - More than 40,000 Coloradans have enjoyed a free holiday meal cooked in the comfort of their own home.

7Everyday Hero Clarence Williams helps fuel this Denver tradition. It is the annual Denver Feed a Family Thanksgiving food box giveaway.

"We have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the box.  We have a turkey, stuffing and vegetables and stuff like that.  It is in the tradition of the Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving," said Kala Greene, Epworth United Methodist Church.

The effort is so big it requires a small army of people working with forklifts, conveyor belts and pallets of food.

But keeping more than 1,000 volunteers fed and ready to go during this giant event is the job of one man. Clarence Williams was a short order cook in high school. After a career in the U.S. Air Force he came to Denver's Epworth United Methodist Church.

"Whenever they have something going on around here and they need a meal, they will normally call me and I will  take care of that," said Williams.

Williams uses a small, but colorful church kitchen to make thousands of volunteer meals over two days. The results are huge. This year, the Denver Feed a Family program will provide 7,160 food boxes to those in need.

"Just the expression on people's face when you do something good like this is a good feeling," smiles Williams.

"He is always in the background.  He never wants to be seen as the front person.  He just does whatever needs to be done.  He is just a wonderful, wonderful man," said Carol Avoy with University Hills Optimist Club.

Williams also volunteers for the Optimists. As long as there are people in need, Williams says he will be willing to help.