On the Monday before Thanksgiving, two enthusiastic groups of local attorneys gathered at the Admiral Oaks Community in Annapolis and unloaded dozens of frozen turkeys, pies and other Thanksgiving favorites for families in need. This Thanksgiving dinner delivery is an annual tradition for members of the Anne Arundel Bar Association (AABA), which runs this community service initiative in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation and Graul’s Market.
Each year, the AABA invites its members to sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. Each sponsored family received a frozen turkey, stuffing, potatoes, corn, peas, cranberry dressing, dinner rolls and a pie. This year, the Bar Foundation provided dinners to 72 families.
Despite the heavy lifting involved with the dinner delivery, the AABA never has trouble finding willing volunteers. This year, several AABA officers and their family members participated in the dinner delivery at Admiral Oaks. “Thanks to the generous donations of members of the Bar Association, I was able to help hand out dozens of frozen turkeys, pies, and other Thanksgiving favorites to those members of our community in need,” said State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, who serves as Secretary of the AABA’s Board. “My office is sponsoring a voluntary “Wear your Jeans to Work day” charity event on December 6 (a non-court day) for my staff which will raise money for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.”
Following the dinner delivery, the Bar Foundation donated $1,700 in remaining funds to Food Link, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency food and other support to the working poor. “The holidays are a time when families in need are more keenly aware of what they don’t have or can’t provide for their own families,” said Cathy Bird, Executive Director of Food Link. “[This gift] is so much more than writing that check; it is the vehicle that allows us to touch lives, to make a difference, to help families face the holidays with not just relief, but happiness.”
Since 2002, the AABA and the Bar Foundation have raised nearly $60,000 for the Thanksgiving dinner program. In addition to supporting this program, the Bar Foundation also has raised nearly $45,000 for the Back-to-School Backpack Program and more than $120,000 to support the Anne Arundel Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that supports and advocates for abused and neglected children involved in Court proceedings.