Every year, the Assistance Center of Towson Churches rounds up basket after basket of food to fill the Thanksgiving tables of families in need. Last year, the organization collected more than 2,000 baskets, director Linda Lotz said.
The Thanksgiving baskets were being collected by more than 50 churches around the Towson area, Lotz said. The baskets, along with turkeys or gift cards to buy them, were distributed on Mon., Nov. 19 and Tue., Nov. 20.
But this year, the Thanksgiving rush felt different as the consortium of churches adjusts to a loss: longtime volunteer Ruth Schaefer, who died at her Timonium home of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at age 85 this September.