St. Anthony Serves an Early Thanksgiving to Those in Need

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Volunteers Serving Thanksgiving

Volunteers at St. Antohony served an early Thanksgiving last Sunday.

On Sunday, November 24th over 200 St. Anthony High School students and parent volunteers joined together to serve more than 850 homeless and less fortunate families at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall on 7th Street in downtown Long Beach in an effort to enable many in the Long Beach community to begin the Holiday Season with a good meal and a warm smile. 

Throughout November administrators, teachers, students and their families fundraised and collected donations to cover the food costs to provide this annual meal for the homes and less fortunate in downtown Long Beach. Volunteers showed up bright and early Sunday morning to volunteer and cook up an early Thanksgiving meanu that included turkey, ham, carrots, greens, sweet potatoes, stuffing and bread with hot coffee and juice, topped off with cupcakes, pumpkin and apple pies. While the meal was being served in the Parish Hall, students and parents also worked, packing up packing family care packages to send to individual families affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

St. Anthony Chef/Parent Siegfried Heger led the parents in the kitchen, cooking more than 30 turkeys and 25 hams to a line that wrapped around the block on 7th street. This year students and parents also delivered multiple dinners and encouragement to the homeless and less fortunate in Lincoln Park at City Hall.

“It’s all about caring and supporting our community,” said Allison Zanatta, a sophomore student at St. Anthony who has been doing this now for three years. “St. Anthony High School is much more than studying and sports, we are part of the greater Long Beach Community and we support it every day. It’s fun, uplifting and important that we make a difference in our community and come together, especially during the Holiday Season.”

thanksgiving guests

More than 850 homeless and less fortunate families dine together at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall .

The donations from the student body were so generous this year that the school was able to drop off more than 25 additional hams and turkeys to local homeless shelters and food banks such as: New Life Beginnings and the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Mr. Chris McGuiness, the school’s Student Activities Director who coordinated the Thanksgiving event said that, “It’s amazing to see our students, teachers and their families volunteer and serve our community at a moment’s notice. This is a real labor of love for all of us at Saint Anthony.”

St. Anthony High School is a co-ed college preparatory high school near downtown Long Beach, founded in 1920 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Open to all students, St. Anthony provides a quality, affordable Catholic education to all families in the Long Beach area. College-bound students from diverse cultural, religious and economic backgrounds come together to participate in a rigorous program of academic excellence and extra-curricular activities. St. Anthony is Long Beach’s only Catholic college preparatory high school. For more information call: St. Anthony High School at (562).435.4496, or visit the St. Anthony website for more information at:

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