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10 families in Harford County receive free Thanksgiving turkeys, pies and other donations

Posted at 5:00 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 17:33:08-05

EDGEWOOD, Md. — The spirit of Thanksgiving came alive on Tuesday in Harford County.

10 families from Edgewood received food for a Thanksgiving meal including turkeys and pies as well as other pantry items and gift cards.

Adam Smallow, president of the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, organized the giveaway with Councilman Andre Johnson, who represents District A.

"It’s been a very tough year with what’s going on so we wanted to make Thanksgiving a little easier and bring a little cheer to some families," said Smallow. "And hopefully they can enjoy Thanksgiving the way they’ve always enjoyed it."

"It just warms your heart and it warms your spirit to know that you are directly affecting someone’s family in a positive way," said Johnson.

One of the families who received the donations is the Pleasant family. They've gone through tough health problems over the years, including Jerome Pleasant being diagnosed with cancer again over the summer. He went through surgeries, chemotherapy and proton therapy and is expected to survive.

Amber Pleasant said she's always amazed by the love and support the Edgewood community shows to her, Jerome and their six children.

"I was kind of blown away but at the same time I know that our family and our community always finds a way to support and help our family," she said. "When we got the phone call from Councilman Johnson, I knew that everything was going to be ok this holiday season and we were just excited."

Smallow said he hopes to make this an annual Thanksgiving tradition and expand it to include more families.