Christmas meal can­celed in Colo. Springs

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Gazette

For the first time in more than a decade, there will be no “Mir­a­cle on Te­jon Street” food give­away this year on Christmas in down­town Colorado Springs.

The an­nual ben­e­fit, which had fed thou­sands since its in­cep­tion, was can­celed af­ter the Old Chicago Pizza and Tap­room in down­town Colorado Springs closed in July.

Old Chicago had con­sid­ered mov­ing the event to its lo­ca­tion on the north­east side, but man­age­ment wor­ried about not hav­ing enough time to plan the event. And REACH Pikes Peak, whose pro­grams as­sist low-in­come peo­ple and fam­i­lies in El Paso County and who helped spon­sor the event for sev­eral years, opted not to par­tic­i­pate be­cause the or­ga­ni­za­tion wor­ried it would be too dif­fi­cult for the peo­ple who usu­ally at­tend to get to the new lo­ca­tion.

Old Chicago raised about $8,000 through a sum­mer char­ity golf tour­na­ment to help pay for this year’s Mir­a­cle event, said Todd Wyatt, the res­tau­rant’s re­gional man­ager. In­stead, that money was do­nated to lo­cal non­prof­its. The res­tau­rant hopes to bring the hol­i­day meal back in 2017.

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