Bea Gaddy Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Although Baltimore civic icon Bea Gaddy died in 2001 of breast cancer, her mission has not been lost with time.

On Thanksgiving Day, thousands gathered at the Patterson Park Recreation Center for the annual Bea Gaddy Feast, a 29-year tradition created to bring holiday cheer and hearty meals.

The annual dinner, now led by Gaddy’s daughter Cynthia Brooks, went on despite the economic recession and fewer donations.

Mt. Ararat Volunteers Share Blessings

On Nov. 27, members of Baltimore’s Mt. Ararat Baptist Church hosted a food and clothing giveaway for needy families. The event, held at Fremont and Laurens streets, included a number of volunteers, including Mt. Ararat’s pastor, the Rev. Charles Coger.

Mt. Ararat Baptist was founded in 1896 and has maintained a strong presence in Baltimore’s faith community.

Ray Lewis Giveaway

As part of a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition, Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis helped hand out turkeys to hundreds of families in need outside the Bluford Drew Jemison Academy in West Baltimore.

Hundreds lined up outside the school to pack boxes with canned goods, bread and other Thanksgiving food items before receiving a turkey personally handed out by Lewis.

This is the 11th year of Lewis’ Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and is one of the charitable efforts hosted by his nonprofit organization, the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation.

Photos by Bill Tabron and Webster Phillips III