The Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving tradition started by Ms. Bea Gaddy in the 1980's. She was a single mother of 5 and fell on hard times. One day she bought a 50 cents lottery ticket and won about $300. She used the money she had, cooked and fed her family and distributed food to her neighbors; this act of selflessness began a long tradition and has grown by leaps and bounds over the years with many corporations, businesses and individuals donating food, money and time to keep this tradition alive on Thanksgiving Day.
Bea Gaddy died in 1991 from breast cancer, however her daughters have kept the tradition alive.
Yesterday my Mom and I had the privilege of volunteering at the Annual Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving and we had a blast. The event was held at a community center in the heart of the City. It was well organized, lots and lots of food and there were many, many volunteers. There were several "entertainers" such as hip hop dancers, Michael Jackson dancers, church groups entertained with their dance ministries, Black Santa, and a man making balloons for the children.
It was great! May God bless and continue to maintain this legacy and tradition for years to come.