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Red Andrews Christmas Dinner

by Jim Beckel and Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm •  Published: December 27, 2008

BLOG NOTE: If you would like information about donating to the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner or volunteering at the 2009 event, click here for an article with all the info.

The annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner is a tradition in Oklahoma City. And covering the dinner is the traditional Christmas morning photo assignment at The Oklahoman. This year Jim Beckel, as he has done many times in the past, photographed the event. Below are some of his shots. To see a photo gallery of more pictures from the event, click here.

Red Andrews Dinner

Reaching up from her seat in her stroller, Hannah Thomas, 1 1/2, feels her way for another bite of food at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.  She was there with her mother, Shelby Thomas, Oklahoma City. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Thayne Holtsoi, 2, puts his face next to his piece of pumpkin pie so he can lick the topping while eating with other members of his family at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Jessie Ross, 7, smiles while having her picture taken with Santa Claus at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Volunteers assist diners as they move through the food serving line at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Volunteer Thomas Gosvener pushes coffee cart up and down the  south hallway of the Cox Convention Center offering free beverage for those waiting in the long line to eat at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner  in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.  Gosvener has been volunteering at this event for six years. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Ray Fisher cups his hand behind his ear as he jokes with people in line waiting to be fed at the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.  Fisher was greeting people at the entry to dining hall. He has been volunteering at this event for 17 years. He was kidding them by telling the kids in the group he wanted to hear them sing a Christmas song  before he let them inside to eat. BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Be sure to check out more of Jim’s photos at this address:

http://www.newsok.com/multimedia/photos/gallery/500287

-Nate Billings

Dec. 1 , 2009 UPDATE: If you would like information about donating to the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner or volunteering at the event, click here for an article with all the info.

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by Jim Beckel
Photographer
Jim Beckel been a member of The Oklahoman's photo staff for 25 years. During that time, he and his cameras have covered virtually every type of news and feature story imaginable, traveling to all regions of Oklahoma to document events and provide...
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by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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