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Christmas dinner tradition in Oklahoma City comes to an end

After more than 60 years, the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner will not be held this year due to organizers' health issues.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer Published: November 9, 2012

He suggests people make donations to the Jesus House, where an annual Christmas dinner for the homeless takes place.

Red Andrews was a state representative and boxing and wrestling event promoter who had the idea for a Christmas dinner and started one in Tulsa in 1928 at his home before he moved to Oklahoma City. Betty McCord has said the annual Christmas dinner started here in 1942. However, some family members have said it started in 1944 or 1945.

R.J. McCord, 41, of Jones, has been helping volunteer at the event for eight years since marrying Bob McCord's son Travis.

R.J. McCord helped coordinate the toy giveaways to families while they wait in line.

“One of my greatest joys was seeing a child receive a toy. Their faces would light up and you would see them with a big grin,” she said.

R.J. McCord said people also might want to donate to the American Red Cross to help people on the East Coast affected by storms.