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Local Attorneys Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners to Neighbors in Need

On November 19, members of the Anne Arundel Bar Association delivered more than 120 Thanksgiving dinners for needy families in Annapolis and at Ft. Meade.

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (November 19, 2012) This morning, two enthusiastic groups of local attorneys gathered at the Admiral Oaks Community Center in Annapolis and Pershing Hill Elementary School in Ft. Meade, and unloaded dozens of frozen turkeys, pies and other Thanksgiving favorites for the needy families of these communities.

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 receives a 12 lb. frozen turkey, stuffing potatoes, corn, peas, cranberry dressing, dinner rolls and a pie.  

This year, the Bar Foundation received $6,090 in donations and provided dinners to 128 families.

Despite the heavy lifting involved with the dinner delivery, the AABA never has trouble finding willing volunteers.

“It was wonderful for my son and I to meet so many nice people and to be able to help the AABA make sure these families have what everyone should have for Thanksgiving,” said Hon.

Laura Kiessling, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge and member of the AABA Board of Trustees. Judge Kiessling and her son Trey participated in the dinner delivery at the Admiral
Oaks Community Center.

Following the dinner delivery, the Bar Foundation donates any 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 more than $56,000 for the Thanksgiving dinner program.

In addition to supporting this program, the Bar Foundation also has raised nearly $40,000 for the Back-to-School Backpack Program and more than $114,000 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.

The AABA is a nonprofit, professional society of more than 1,100 attorneys practicing in Anne Arundel County and in other communities throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Through the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, our members provide vital legal assistance to the underserved and support community-based agencies with charitable gifts and volunteer service.

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