There’s no better time to start volunteering in your community than the holidays and Oklahoma City’s Red Andrews Christmas Dinner is the perfect opportunity. The Red Andrews Christmas Dinner has been a holiday tradition in Oklahoma City since 1947 and each year the community-wide effort provides warm meals and toys to 5,000 people at the Cox Convention Center.
The event began with Ernest “Red” Andrews, a boxing match promoter at the Stockyards Coliseum in the 1940s. Andrews noticed that some of his employees were living in one-room houses with mud floors and he wanted to provide joy during the holidays to those families. He invited them to a Christmas dinner and a tradition was born.
Though Andrews passed away in 1977, his legacy lives on through the volunteers who make the dinner possible—and that’s where you come in. New, unwrapped toys and new or gently used coat donations are being accepted and can be dropped off today at the Cox Convention Center. Volunteers are also needed today at 8 a.m. for kitchen duty and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for event setup. You can also volunteer to help serve dinner on Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.