Preparations for the annual Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving dinner are well underway. But this year with lower supply and higher demand Andrea Fujii explains the center is hoping more donations come their way.

With less than a week to go, volunteers at the Bea Gaddy Center are hard at work getting ready for their yearly Thanksgiving dinner for the poor and homeless.

“Oh my,” said Sandra Smith, volunteer. “The word busy doesn’t even count anymore.”

They’re moving dozens of donated turkeys to refrigerators.

What makes these 300 pounds of turkeys in this truck so special is they were made by Maryland prison inmates, a way for them to give back to the community.

And after more than 30 years, the center is trying to do more with less.

“We weren’t able to get as many cooked turkeys that we really need,” said John fowler, Bea Gaddy’s son. “I think we got about 300 pounds and normally we get about 600 pounds.”

November of 2000 was the last Thanksgiving dinner the center’s founder Bea Gaddy attended before she died.

This year, they expect to feed double that number. And they also deliver food boxes to up to 20,000 shut-ins.

“More people are calling with a need,” he said, “but it’s tough to meet it.”

But he says his mom always found a way to feed anyone who is hungry. So they will to.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Bea Gaddy Center, call 410- 563-2749.


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