St. Anthony High School Students and Parents Serve More Than 600 Thanksgiving Meals to Homeless and Needy Families

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On Sunday, November 23rd, more than 200 Saint Anthony High School volunteer students and their parents joined together to serve more than 600 meals to homeless and less fortunate families in the courtyard of St. Anthony High School in downtown Long Beach. This school tradition has been sustained for over 30 years to ensure that people in need in the Long Beach community could begin their Holiday Season with a good meal and a warm smile.

Students and their families showed up very early in the morning to donate food and cook an early Thanksgiving meal of turkey and ham with all the trimmings, topped off with pumpkin and apple pies.  There was laughter and conversations heard above the background music as students served the meals to each guest with a smile and scurried back and forth to the kitchen to bring out more trays of food.  Each table was decorated for the season, and a feeling of camaraderie could be felt as the day progressed.

All of the food that was served was provided through donations from students, their families, faculty and staff.  There was such a generous amount of donations received this year that students from the school’s truck club were able to drop off more than 25 additional hams and turkeys to the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

“Being a Catholic school, we strongly believe in serving others, so I am proud that our students have opened up to the community every year for over three decades to people in need,” said Chris McGuiness, Dean of Student Life at St. Anthony High School.

St. Anthony High School has been Long Beach’s only Catholic high school since it was founded in 1920.  For the past five years, 100% of St. Anthony High School’s graduates have gone on to attend college or to proudly serve our military, and well over 70% go on to attend four-year colleges or universities each year.

For more information, please visit St. Anthony High School’s website at , or contact Laura Romero, Alumni Affairs & Public Relations Coordinator, at (562) 435-4496 ext. 1229 or at

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