Volunteers prepare to feed 25,000 for Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey delivery marks week of preparations

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SAN ANTONIO – More than 500 turkeys were delivered to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Sunday morning, marking the beginning of the week-long preparation for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.

The RK Group donated 550 turkeys that will go on to feed approximately 25,000 people on Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers helped unload and prepare the holiday birds on Sunday.

Turkey time!! 🦃 Getting ready to serve up 550 turkeys, but we have to get them all prepped first!

Posted by Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 19, 2017

"This is the first day we're in the kitchen prepping for this year's Raul Jimenez dinner," Patricia Jimenez, daughter of Raul Jimenez, said.

The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner was started by restaurant owner and businessman Raul Jimenez in 1979. Jimenez established the Thanksgiving Day event to serve the less fortunate.

The event will be held in Exhibit Hall three and four of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thursday.

This year, doors will open on Thanksgiving day at 9 a.m. and organizers will begin an "all-faith worship service" at 10 a.m.

Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.