Red Rock Canyon School, a residential treatment center for struggling youth, reports they will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner again this year.
The dinner allows the teens residing in the center to serve underprivileged families and others in the community.
This dinner has become a tradition in the area and has had a major impact not only on the struggling teens, but also those they serve during this meal.
Red Rock Canyon School started the tradition more than 40 years ago, and it continues to grow in popularity.
In 2013, it is estimated that more than 3,000 attended the dinner, providing an opportunity for the troubled teens to interact with others while helping to make the community a better place. This dinner takes months to organize and prepare, and plenty of volunteers help the students and staff host the event.
It’s a great way to bring many people from different walks of life together. In addition, members of the community donate food and funds to make the event a huge success.
Preparations for the dinner begin in August, as there is so much to be done to serve this many at one meal.
On the big day, guests indulge in a wide range of foods, and approximately 200 turkeys along with 250 pies were prepared to feed the crowd in 2014.
Due to the amount of food served, the cooking process begins before the actual day of the feast and continues until every last person in line is fed.
The teens from the residential treatment center, the faculty, and the community make certain of this.
Everyone in the community can take part in the dinner.
Many individuals assume it is designed for those who cannot afford the traditional dinner otherwise, but this isn’t the case. People line up at the doors to get in and everyone has a great time, including the teens from the residential treatment center. No one is turned away, and it provides the students with an opportunity to see how others live.
Many teens fail to realize the level of impoverishment in an area, but that’s not the case here. The dinner serves numerous purposes and is a tradition the school hopes to continue for many years to come.