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PHOTO: Turkeys to be given away. Photo by Alica Tucker, courtesy ACSCW.

A local community service group is giving away Thanksgiving food baskets and offering health screenings at the same time. The annual event started November 23, and continues through Wednesday, November 25.

The Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington hosts the drive at 501 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD as part of their annual Holiday Giving Project. The food is provided through a grant from the Steve Francis Foundation, the Montgomery County government, local Adventist churches and many local businesses and residents.

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Retired NBA star Steve Francis, second from left, poses with ACSGW’s director, Ken Flemmer, second from right and Steve’s manager, far right, and a colleague on the far left. The Steven Francis Foundation donated more in 2015 than in any previous year. Photo by Alica Tucker, courtesy ACSCW.

The Steve Francis Foundation was established by retired professional basketball star Steve Francis, who grew up in Takokma Park, MD and attended the University of Maryland.

The ACSGW estimates nearly 800 needy recipients will receive a Thanksgiving food basket. Recipients will also be offered free health screenings on site.

The Holiday Giving Project continues in December. There will be two days of holiday meal distributions for two days in December. There will also be a Toys for Tots day at the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Dec 20. New and slightly used children’s shoes will also be available.

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Two of the many volunteers who make the food giveaway possible. Photo by Alica Tucker, courtesy ACSCW.

The ACSCW holds a Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1 for monetary donations to the holiday program. The organization offers two sites for online donations: www.givingtuesday.org on Dec. 1 and www.ACSGW.org anytime.

More information is available on the ACSCW’s Facebook page.