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Thankful For Ten Years of Giving!

For nine consecutive years, the “Our Family to Your Family” program, led by the Baltimore-based Swirnow family, has provided tens of thousands of the city’s residents with food for Thanksgiving. On Saturday, November 18th, the program will celebrate its 10th Anniversary by distributing more than 23,000 turkey dinners to needy families throughout Baltimore.

Launched in 1997 by Richard A. Swirnow, Developer of the Inner Harbor properties at HarborView, the program has grown into a multi-generational effort thanks to the involvement of his son David E. Swirnow, President of Swirnow Building Systems; daughter-in-law Beth; and grandchildren Michael and Jennifer.

“The ‘Our Family to Your Family’ program has become a tradition all by itself,” said David Swirnow. “I’m proud to say that over the past few years many of our customers, vendors and friends joined the cause and found it a terrific opportunity to give back to their communities.”

The program distributes traditional Thanksgiving dinners in the form of “Adopt A Turkey” gift baskets to participating non-profit organizations who ensure that the food reaches needy families.

For The Margaret Brent Elementary School, one of the participants in last year’s program, the gift baskets were a wonderful contribution to the school’s families and students. “It was a great thing to see the faces of the families as they came and picked up their bundles. Each person that came seemed very thankful and delighted to have recieved this gift,” said Principal Kevin Parson.

At Women Accepting Responsibility, Inc., Stephanie Alston said that without the donation many of their neediest clients “would not have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

John Bunting at the Baltimore City Office of Community Resource Development told David Swirnow, “You are truly part of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services family helping other families.”

Recipients of the baskets this year will include disabled, unemployed, and elderly residents, but needy families continue to be what the program is all about. “Our Family to Your Family is unique in that our purpose is to provide a family package, to be cooked at home to focus on allowing families to be together in their own homes at this traditional time,” said Richard Swirnow. “We want to focus on families and family traditions.”

Food distribution will take place at the Swirnow Building Systems warehouse, 2801 Sisson Street and at the HarborView Community on Key Highway on Saturday, November 18.

“Our program has fed more than 140,000 city residents in the past nine years,” said David Swirnow. “In 2006, with the help of our employees, sponsors, volunteers and more than 60 non-profit organizations, we will increase our distribution by 15% over last year.”


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