Full tables, full bellies at the Red Rock Canyon School Thanksgiving dinner

ST. GEORGE — A line of area residents stretched out the door of the Red Rock Canyon School on Thursday afternoon as they waited to be let in to the school’s popular Thanksgiving dinner. By the end of the day, the feast will have fed thousands.

School owner and avid lover of the community, Frank Habibian, walked around shaking hands and spreading good wishes to those in attendance.

“We love to have them,” Habibian said. “I’m so glad everybody come here to share this blessing with us.”

A young volunteer helps serve pie at the Red Rock Canyon School Thanksgiving dinner, St. George Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
A young volunteer helps serve pie at the Red Rock Canyon School Thanksgiving dinner, St. George Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

Traditional Thanksgiving food was served including savory turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and even pumpkin pie.

The first Thanksgiving dinner Mr. Habibian held at the school was in 1973 and grew to serve more than 3,000 people in 2013 and an estimated 3,500 people in 2014.

Habibian was sure to thank the invaluable volunteers and donors who make the event a reality.

“The credit goes to the people of St. George who go out of their way … to help, to see this happen,” he said. “Thank you again, I appreciate every one of you.”

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