Thanksgiving Day 2011 dawned bright and beautiful as over 60 volunteers made their way to help serve the Loverde Family Community Fund's Thanksgiving Day feast for the homeless.
Around 1 p.m., the first of 160 guests from the Westside Homeless Shelter, Mosaic Community Services, and Spring Grove Hospital Center were greeted and shown to their tables.
For the fifth year in a row, a delicious home-style Thanksgiving dinner would be servedScittino's, in Catonsville Junction, had expertly prepared the tasty, loosen-your-belt holiday feast.
As usual, Santa came calling and every man, woman, and child attending received gift bags, filled with life's little necessities.
Jazz/pop musician par excellence, David Zee, on keyboards and the drummer from the legendary Van Dykes, Barry Brown, backed the soaring vocals of Cara (Constantini) Detwiler.
As Cara sang the last bars of "The Dock of the Bay, a tall man joined the trio on stage. David made an announcement that had everyone staring in wide wonder: "And, now, it is my pleasure to introduce, from The Temptations, Darnell Carter!"
As the familiar strains of "My Girl" began, Darnell smiled, waved, then broke into the smoky voiced vocal
Darnell had been in the auditorium all afternoon, helping serve the food. At 3:30 p.m., as the holiday festivities wrapped-up, he could be seen, along with many guests, folding up and putting away tables and chairs.
Darnell has been with The Temptations' Revue for over 10 years.
A young boy, about 10 years old, helped Barry set up his drums and, at the end of the day, break them down. He mentioned that he, too, plays drums with a little group but only had a practice pad.
Barry asked how serious he was about playing. The boy answered "Oh, that's what I want to do — be a drummer!" Barry pointed to his drums and said, "OK. They're yours."
It just proves that the spirit of giving is contagious.
With full bellies, full hearts, and the hope that the coming year will be better for them all, the guests departed.
The cleanup was over.
Darnell Carter told LFCF founders, Joe and Cindy Loverde, "This was the best Thanksgiving I've ever had!"
Brian Costantini, board member
Loverde Family Community Fund