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***Make your way down to the Bea Gaddy Family Center located at 425 N. Chester Street in Baltimore. They are collecting non-perishable food items for the needy until 8pm today and from 6am-9pm Wednesday.

Baltimore’s Angel Bea Gaddy and her staff is working tirelessly to collect last minute donations for this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. For nearly 40 years Bea Gaddy has served the communities of Baltimore by serving FREE dinner to the less-fortunate. Her operation has grown exponentially over the years.

Ms. Gaddy earned numerous honors, which include Unsung Hero Award, 1972; Afro American Woman of the Year, 1984; Baltimore’s Best Award, 1984; National Council of Negro Women Humanitarian Award, 1988; Mayor’s Citation, 1988; and Baltimore City Council Award, 1987 and 1989. In addition, she was a member of many organizations which include Martin Luther Church; Women’s Auxiliary Butchers Hill Association Member; and assistant chairperson in the Johns Hopkins Day Program.

In 1998 Ms. Gaddy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy treatments and the disease went into remission. It returned in 2001. Ms. Gaddy died October 3, 2001, at the age of 68. Her daughters have carried on her mission and continue today.

Thank you Baltimore for continuing on with Bea Gaddy’s mission.