Brother Roy Gillespie tells us that the annual Gieson Family Christmas Dinner fed a record number of people. It is the 53rd year of the tradition in which food and gifts are presented to needy people by Joan and Frank Gieson and their army of volunteers. Teamsters of course participate.
The tradition started when the Giesons were first married. They brought seven homeless people home for their first Gieson Family Christmas Dinner.
Brother Gillespie tells us on Facebook:
A new record!!!!!! The Gieson Family Christmas Dinner this year had a record breaking 30,000 plus Guest there. Thanks to all that were there helping. I am so proud of the Teamsters here in St. Louis for the job they did for this event. Teamsters from Holland, YRC, UPS, Praire Farms, United Produce, and count less more. that started their day at 3am and did not finish until Midnight. May God Bless all of you for the work you did. And a Merry Christmas.Great work, brothers and sisters! And remember, "THUGG" stands for Those Helpful Union Guys and Gals.