Thanks to the generosity and support of churches, schools, community associations and individuals, this year's "Thanksgiving Basket Project" was a gratifying and overwhelming success. Their caring made it possible for ACTC to distribute 2,750 bags of food, 550 more than last year, so that the needy in our communities could enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. One church alone collected and delivered almost 400 bags, and Ridgely Middle School delivered a school bus full of 40,000 pounds of food. Volunteers stayed busy in Memorial Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church for three days, greeting drivers of vehicles packed with bags, taking the bags into the hall and organizing them in an orderly fashion.
Starting early in the cold and windy morning Monday, November 25, clients began to line up outside of ACTC to obtain the cards they needed to get pick up their bag and gift card. By the end of the day on Tuesday, about 775 bags had been given out to individuals. In addition, the following organizations were able to provide food to many more folks in need: Lutheran Missions, Department of Aging, Bureau of Community Health Access, St. Vincent de Paul, Villa Maria, Prologue (Baltimore County outreach to the homeless), Alliance, St. Andrew's Church, Church of the Nazarene (Baltimore City) and ARC.
ACTC's director, Cathy Burgess, says: "This has been a Thanksgiving I will always remember. It is an example of the generosity and caring of both the churches and the community."
SAVE THE DATE: 8 a.m., SATURDAY, JUNE 7 - THIRD ANNUAL ACTCion RUN/WALK TO FIGHT HUNGER, AT GOUCHER COLLEGE