DENVER, Colo. — The Epworth Foundation recently announced it’s in need of volunteers and donations for its Thanksgiving dinner baskets due to the impact of the pandemic on their operations.
The organization gives thousands of Thanksgiving dinners away every year in Denver in honor of Daddy Bruce Randolph, a former Denver restaurant owner who regularly gave free meals to those in need.
“What we’re having to do this year is to make a lot of modifications to the distribution on Nov. 21,” said Reverend Ronald Wooding, the Executive Director of the Daddy Bruce Legacy Foundation.
Wooding said one major change this year will be the elimination of a large distribution event.
“With the social distancing and everything, we want to be mindful and keep everyone safe, so rather than having the long lines that we normally had in the past 50-60 years, this year we will have everything delivered,” Wooding said. “They will just put it on their porch and call and let them know that their food has been delivered versus them having to pick it up.”
They will need volunteer drivers to help deliver 10,000 meals, which will feed about 75,000 to 85,000 people, according to Wooding.
“There are so many people out of work, so many people that know someone who is out of work or families who are just going through difficult time,” Wooding said.
They are also looking for donations to help pay for the meals, which cost $35 each. For those who can’t volunteer or donate, Wooding said everyone is welcome to nominate a family in need on the Epworth Foundation's website. The deadline to nominate a family is Nov. 13.
Learn more information about Daddy Bruce Randolph here. A new documentary on Daddy Bruce Randolph will also air Nov. 19 on Rocky Mountain PBS.