Jose Gutierrez waits for dinner. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Having Thanksgiving Dinner with 25,000 San Antonians

Volunteers arrived at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday to prep for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner, the largest in San Antonio. Longinos Soto showed up with his friends at 6 a.m., later than some, to fire up dozens of chafers containing turkey, green beans, and all the classic fixings of Thanksgiving for guests that started streaming in at 9 a.m. More than 25,000 dinners will be served throughout the day until 4:30 p.m.

Soto and company are members of the U.S. Air Force but wore plain clothes as they plated thousands of slices of pumpkin pies.