In the wake of Bea Gaddy's death, her children announced yesterday that the community activist's annual Thanksgiving dinner would be held this year - and they need donations and volunteers.
Norma Thompson, voluntary chairwoman of the event, says the tentative location of the meal is behind Northeast Market on Monument Street. Shady Brook Farms has donated 1,000 turkeys, she says.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are expected at the dinner, she says. Gaddy's family is seeking donations of turkeys, canned goods and cash to help buy other items for the meal.
Gaddy, a city councilwoman, coordinated Thanksgiving dinners for the poor for the past 20 years. Some years, she served up to 20,000 people. Gaddy died Oct. 3 while receiving treatment for breast cancer.
Cynthia Campbell, one of Gaddy's daughters, says Gaddy's other charitable works will continue.
"We're not just here for Thanksgiving," Campbell says. "Our mother's legacy will continue as long as we are here."