Every day for over 15 years, Mr. Orland Bailey visited restaurants and grocery stores to collect day-old bread, which he would later deliver to those in need in his community.
It all started when Orland retired from a 40-year career with the railroad and wanted to give back to his community. One day while at a grocery store with his wife, he observed a man with a large pile of baked goods. The retiree questioned the man and learned that the bread was going to be distributed throughout the Idaho Falls area.
Orland, nicknamed the “Bread Man”, began his bread deliveries nearly 20 years ago.
Orland was fascinated with the idea and wanted to lend a hand.
He started out small, but over the years the amount of bread he delivered grew.
According to Southeast Idaho Family Magazine, in the early days he would fill up the trunk of his car with bread and other baked goods. It wasn’t long until he would fill up the back of his pickup truck.
Every day Orland would spend close to three hours delivering the day-old bread to organizations in the Idaho Falls area.
He estimated that his daily bread deliveries cost him about $200 a month, but it was well worth it.
For years Orland made deliveries by himself; as he got older his family helped.
In recent years, in addition to receiving help from family members, a local food bank has helped Orland distribute his bread.
“I’ve been so blessed with such a special family and my wife. I just like to help people,” Orland told Southeast Idaho Family Magazine in 2016. “I hope it helps the community.”
Orland’s grandson, Jesse Hier, told East Idaho News that one day while he was out with his sons and his grandfather, 90-year-old Orland hadn’t been feeling too well.
Hier suggested Orland stay in the car while he and his two boys made the bread delivery to a men’s shelter. When Hier returned a short while later, he discovered that Orland had passed away.
“He had passed away his in truck doing what he loved,” Hier told East Idaho News.
Hier and his uncle continue to deliver bread.
“Dad was a guy that just loved to give,” Rob Bailey told East Idaho News.
And that’s precisely why Hier and Rob continue to deliver bread to the same organizations Orland visited. The two volunteer their time a few days each week to continue a tradition that all began when a curious retiree questioned a man with a basket full of bread.