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Students, Faculty and Staff Donate a Thanksgiving Dinner

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Written by Adam Zewe

A group of University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) students, faculty and staff are hoping to make Thanksgiving a little more festive for families in need. They donated a frozen turkey, holiday ham and all the trimmings to the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House.

Students, faculty and staff in the Department of General Dentistry collected items during a two-week food drive. They presented the food to Debbie Hood, vice president of development at Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House, on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Thirty-six families are currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which is located a few blocks from the School of Dentistry. "We really appreciate this gift. These families are away from home at Thanksgiving. To be able to enjoy the holiday with our volunteers brings these families a lot of joy," remarks Hood.

The students decided to help the Ronald McDonald House because they wanted to support an organization in the local community. "This is something simple that we can do that could have a big impact for these families," states Tim Whaley, DDS '15. The food drive also helped the dental students form a stronger bond. "It was rewarding to be able to provide a meal for people in need. This effort reminds us that we have a lot of things to be thankful for," says Lynda Torres, DDS '14.

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