More than 25,000 people enjoyed a holiday meal in a San Antonio tradition that’s nearly 40 years old. Droves of hungry people packed the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thursday for a free meal and holiday entertainment.

In all, 4,500 volunteers prepared more than 9,000 pounds of turkey and all the fixings to feed the elderly, less fortunate, and all others who attended.

"This is our first year that we’ve been homeless here," said Andrea Gandy, who attended the event. "This time of year shows me that the new year is going to get better."

For some families, it's something like a Thanksgiving family reunion. Many make it a tradition to attend annually.

"It's in my heart, it's in my soul, and it feels good to help people," said Vincent Flores, a volunteer who attends every year with his family. "It needs to be done every day."