Giving Thanks by Giving Back: Volunteering at the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, our team at The Schrader Group had the privilege of volunteering at the annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner, an event that has been serving the San Antonio community for over 40 years. We helped prepare meals that were distributed to many senior citizens that are not able to prepare a holiday meal for themselves. It was a day filled with warmth, gratitude, and the true spirit of giving back.

A Family Tradition that turned into a Community Celebration

Raul Jimenez has been a household name in the San Antonio community for years, especially at Thanksgiving. Raul Jimenez Sr., a San Antonio native and restaurateur, wanted to say “thank you” to neighbors, family and friends for supporting his restaurant business; and in 1979, he and his wife hosted Thanksgiving Dinner in the parking lot of one of their restaurants. They were expecting 10 to 15 guests and 90 people arrived. “My grandfather was such a larger than life kind of person, and he brightened every room he walked into,” says his grandson, Raul Jimenez lll.

Volunteering at the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner was a truly rewarding experience. It reminded us of the power of giving back and the impact that a simple act of kindness can have on others. We are grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a meaningful event and look forward to continuing to support our community in any way we can.

As we reflect on this experience, we are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. We are thankful for our health, our families, and our community. Most of all, we are thankful for the opportunity to give back and make a difference in the lives of others.

This Thanksgiving, and every day, let us remember the spirit of giving and the importance of coming together as a community. As we look ahead to the holiday season, let us carry this spirit of generosity with us and continue to spread kindness wherever we go.

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