Adopt A Turkey 2010: Talkin' Turkey During Tough Times

For fourteen years, the Baltimore-based Swirnow Family has been talkin' turkey with its “Adopt-A-Turkey” program so that thousands of needy families throughout Baltimore City won't have to worry about a Thanksgiving meal. The program, launched by Richard A Swirnow, Developer of the Inner Harbor properties at Harborview, now has the help of Swirnow Building Systems, their employees, sponsors, friends, volunteers and over 60 non-profit organizations. Thanks to their efforts, more than 17,000 traditional Thanksgiving dinners will be provided to the city's low income families, the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly.

“During these tough economic times, we are happy to provide a turkey dinner with all the trimmings,” says David E. Swirnow, President of Swirnow Building Systems. “Each basket contains a 15-16 pound turkey, 10 pounds of potatoes, a can of green beans, cranberry sauce and dessert. And thanks to J.R. Paterakis, Baltimore's H & S Bakery donated over 6,000 dinner rolls that will feed over 60,000 families.”

Denise Thatcher, Outreach Minister for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, one of the participants in the Adopt-A-Turkey program, commented that the meals were immediately taken to “neighbors in the community, as well as a few parishioners who are struggling to make ends meet.” Sandy Plains Elementary School Principal Harry Walker said he heard countless comments about how Adopt-A-Turkey made “Thanksgiving joyful, how bountiful the baskets were, and of course numerous exclamations of appreciation.”

Food distribution this year took place on Saturday, November 20 at the Swirnow Building Systems warehouse, on Sisson Street and at the HarborView Community on Key Highway.

“Now more than ever we want to make sure that needy families have a hot nutritious meal for Thanksgiving,” said David Swirnow . “We're thankful that we can continue to help.”

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Read about Adopt A Turkey in The Baltimore Sun.

Read about Adopt A Turkey in The Baltimore Jewish Times.

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