OKLAHOMA – It has been a Christmas day tradition since 1947.
The Red Andrews Christmas Dinner helping families in need with warm meals, coat giveaways, toys and even a guest appearance by Santa.
There are hundreds of volunteers who serve thousands of people, providing holiday cheer for families this Christmas.
While some kiddos were smiling ear-to-ear getting toys and meeting Santa, others loved the scrumptious food like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
“It’s really sweet,” said 11-year-old Esmirna Villalobos.
At the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner, many people in high spirits.
“I wish a Merry Christmas to everybody,” said Maria Dittnan.
“Jesus birth and celebrating with family,” Villalobos said.
Many people said they’re thankful for the warm meals, warm clothing and entertainment.
“I sometimes wish everybody had the blessings we have of coming here,” Villalobos said.
It’s a tradition that has been around for decades, started by a man named Red Andrews.
Now, Red’s family keeps the dinner going year-after-year.
“We feed, it looks like 4-5,000 people this year,” said Ken Cassil. “And, you can see all the toys. Every kid gets two toys.”
Volunteers from adults to kids said they notice the tradition making a difference.
“Having a good time, enjoying the warmer place on Christmas,” said Jackson Cassil.
While the holiday season can be tough for many, having this dinner to look forward to is a blessing to many.
“The lord gave me one more day to share with you guys here in this place,” Dittnan said.
To learn more about the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner or if you’re interested in volunteering next year, visit the website.