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During this Holiday Season, a lot of people are thinking about the gifts they might give or receive. A number of people in our Brighton Community have realized that giving is the true gift and worked diligently to put together 1250 Thanksgiving dinners for those that might not have had one. Many years ago, the VFW and Kiwanis organizations began this tradition on a smaller scale. Typically, 500-600 meals were prepared and delivered each year.

When the VFW closed several years ago, the Brighton Elks Club joined with the Kiwanis to keep this tradition going. Each individual receives both a hot and cold container of food with all of the usual Thanksgiving fixings. The cold container has relishes, cranberry sauce, a roll, and a slice of pie. The hot container is filled with hot turkey, mashed potatoes, and hot vegetables. Putting together these dinners was no small task. The volunteers participating cooked 70 turkeys and spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week cooking to have the food available to assemble for the recipients. Another group of volunteers arrived at 3 a.m. Thanksgiving day to stage the meal packaging and 50 people assisted from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to put together all the meals. Another 60 volunteers delivered the 1250 meals by noon on Thanksgiving.

Participants in this effort are many. To list just a few…….United Power, Brighton United Methodist Church, Brighton Business Builders, Greater Brighton Neighborhood Organization, Safeway and King Soopers, Bimbo Bread in addition to the Kiwanis and Elks organizations. The organizers of this effort worked tirelessly to keep things moving and make this all happen. They were: Bill Alsdorf, Kiwanis, Bob Grant, Kiwanis, Char Wolf, Elks Lodge, Jim Vincent, Elks Lodge and Kiwanis. The success of this undertaking is largely because this group of people had the sole desire to help others during this Holiday Season. They enjoy doing it and derive great pleasure from seeing it grow each year. Congratulations to them and all of the participating volunteers for making this happen!

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