Downtown Restaurant Gives Free Holiday Meal To The Needy

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DENVER (CBS4) – In what’s called the “Miracle on 19th Street” nearly 2,000 people dined at a downtown restaurant for a free holiday meal.

Families in need were invited to come and dine at the Denver ChopHouse on Wednesday, where they were treated to a sit-down meal.

The “Miracle” program began as the restaurant’s response to the need to feed and host local homeless in Denver, and has since served over 43,000 meals to those in need.

The tradition started 18 years ago while the Denver ChopHouse was being built.

“When we first came into this building it was vacant. There were some people who were squatting in the basement and when we built up the restaurant we displaced them. So since we were about to open right after Christmas the team decided that we would make a giant feast for those people that we had displaced. That created this event,” said Denver ChopHouse General Manager Collin McDowell.

Children were also given stockings filled with gifts and got to meet Santa and have their picture taken.

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