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Dec 19, 2009 10:19 AM by Associated Press

Hundreds line up for annual Christmas giveaway

An annual giveaway started by a Denver priest lives on.

Hundreds of people, many of the homeless, lined up outside the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver to receive $20 Friday. The holiday season tradition was started by the late Monsignor Charles B. Woodrich.

KUSA-TV in Denver reports the church distributed $32,000 thanks to donations from Regis University, The Daniels Fund and an anonymous donor.

Woodrich, known as Father Woody, started giving out $10 bills almost two decades ago. The tradition continued after his death in 1991. The dollar amount was doubled in 1998.

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