Thousands attend Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

Volunteers set record in SA tradition that began in 1979

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter,
Published On: Nov 22 2012 03:22:38 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 05:46:27 PM CST
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As they’ve been doing for 33 years, San Antonians by the thousands flocked to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for a Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday.

The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner, which features the traditional fare of turkey and all the trimmings, is free.

It began in 1979, when local businessman Raul Jimenez offered a Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless and elderly and to anyone else with nowhere to go on the holiday.

After Jimenez’s death his family, with the help of corporate sponsors, kept up the tradition.

“He would be so excited because his goal was always to help more people and feed more people,” said his daughter Patricia Jimenez. “He thought that no one should be hungry on Thanksgiving Day.”

Jimenez said that in addition to the corporate help, volunteers are a big reason the dinner is a success each year.

“There has never been a shortage of people willing to help,” she said. “This year, we set a record by signing up 4,000 volunteers in a day and a half.”

An estimated 25,000 people attended this year’s dinner.

Images: Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

Published On: Nov 22 2012 02:56:12 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 23 2012 07:07:32 AM CST

For 33 years, Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner been a traditional feast of turkey and all the trimmings served to the homeless and the elderly - and everyone in between.

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