Frank Garcia's Book
Frank Garcia, our founder felt blessed that his family had food to eat and that they were taken care of, however he knew he was lucky and that there are many families not as fortunate as his.
Believing Thanksgiving is a special day to give thanks for everything God has given you, Frank
decided to host a free dinner for the less fortunate in the parking lot of his
restaurant, La Casa Garcia
While growing up in Bishop, Texas, Frank
learned many meaningful lessons from his
father who was born in Mexico and his
loving mother, born in Texas.
They instilled in him the importance of hard work, being a proud American citizen, and the need to give back to others and be thankful for the daily gifts of life.
In 1961, Frank
moved to Southern California.
opened the first Red Onions, Tijuana Inn Café, The Catch Restaurant, The White House the Burn Beef Burger an many more as a kitchen manager.
Executive chef in Italian, American, and Mexican food.
In 1961 he founded La Casa Garcia Restaurant in Anaheim.
La Casa Garcia
soon became a leading Orange County restaurant through the dedication of Frank
wife Silvia, and now their children, sons Frank
, Jr., Johnny, and daughters Cindy, Veronica, and Silvia.
Those early childhood lessons provided Frank
with a sense of community giving and caring for others inspiring him to form the nonprofit organization We Give Thanks, Inc.
For nearly two decades, Frank
has been serving free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need in the community.
efforts have helped serve more than 200,000 free Thanksgiving meals over the years.
Last year Frank
also traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas, to help Hurricane Katrina victims by serving tens of thousands of hot meals to the evacuees.
In 2001, in memory of his
began the annual "We Give Thanks, Inc
Women of Vision Awards Dinner" to recognize women who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service in their professional careers and through volunteerism.