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By OLIVIA SANCHEZCAPITAL GAZETTE |MAR 24, 2020 | 6:21 PM

Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Jessica Haire and her husband Dirk Haire, chair of the Maryland Republican Party, said Tuesday they will buy $10,000 in meals for families in need from local restaurants.

The pair settled on the donation as an alternative to in-person volunteering as statewide restrictions on in-person socialization have come down increasingly over the past couple weeks.

Jessica Haire said Tuesday she hopes their effort will help local restaurants stay afloat amid restrictions against in-person dining, while also providing some relief to families who are suffering economically during the pandemic.

They will put $25 towards the tab of the first 40 families who call Skipper’s Pier Restaurant and Dock Bar in Deale and ask for “Dinner on Jessica and Dirk,” on Wednesday. On Thursday, they’ll do the same thing at Glory Day’s Grill in Edgewater, Haire said. <READ MORE>