Thousands of meals prepared and served at the 42nd Annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.

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San Antonio – Turkey, gravy, green beans and, of course, stuffing. These are the essential fixations of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Thursday to allow people in need to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving meals. This is an annual community service event that has focused on donations for the past 42 years.

RK Group sous-chef Dillon Zurita said it’s always good to give back to those in need.

“I was able to give back to the community, and there are a lot of homeless people and people in need, especially when working downtown, so I knew that I’m actually feeding everyone here today, so I’m working today. It’s good to be able to get away from it, “Zurita said.

Annual dinners are usually held directly and thousands of people gather throughout San Antonio under one roof to break the bread. The pandemic caused some changes in the surgery, but staff said those changes were a blessing.

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“What I like about this year and last year is that many people can’t physically come here. The only bright side of the pandemic is that they can eat these meals without physically getting off. You can do it. Go to the convention center, “Zurita said.

Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner was first established in 1979 to ensure that older people and those who cannot afford the dinner are left behind. Raul Jimenez himself called for selfless action nearly 40 years ago.

Supper is an operation that was successfully performed with the help of more than 300 volunteers.

Raul Jimenez III, Jimenez’s grandson, said that dinner has evolved from a family tradition to a San Antonio tradition and is expected to continue for years to come.

“I think he looks down on us. He died in 1998. I think he looks down on us every year since then. They put it together, grabbed the heart and of the community. I got support. It’s great. What happens when the community gets together, “said Jimenez.

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And with gratitude, the late Raul’s daughter, Patricia Jimenez, said she could only say one thing.

“We just want to thank you and say how grateful we are. I mean Happy Thanksgiving, keep your light shining brightly,” Jimenez says. I did.

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Thousands of meals prepared and served at the 42nd Annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

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