Swirnow Celebrates 15 Years of Adopt A Turkey!

The Baltimore-based Swirnow Family celebrated 15 years of their “Adopt-A-Turkey” program; and because of this year's bleak economic outlook, the 2011 give-away may be the most meaningful so far.

The program, launched in 1997 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 were provided to the metro area's low income families, the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly.  

“Our goal has always been to bring families together to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings,” says David E. Swirnow, President of Swirnow Building Systems. “Each basket contained 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, Schmidt Baking Company, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Flowers Foods donated over 6,500 dozen dinner rolls that fed over 65,000 families in the region. And we were so pleased to have Under Armour join us this year as a major sponsor.”

Sister Angela Floyd, President of WWG Ministry, one of the participants in last year's Adopt-A-Turkey program, said, “Thank God for people, who know people, that can help people,” and that the baskets were “greatly appreciated.” Sandy Plains Elementary School Principal Harry Walker said, “Your bountiful turkey boxes were a blessing and enabled these families to have a happier Thanksgiving.”  

Food distribution took place on Saturday, November 19 at Swirnow Building Systems on Sisson Street and at the HarborView Community on Key Highway.  

“Now more than ever we want to make sure that needy families have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving too,” said David Swirnow . “We're thankful that we can continue to help.”

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