By MADDY VITALE
Each year, a group of Ocean City residents, business owners and city officials come together to provide festive meals for residents of the city’s social housing complexes.
On Wednesday, volunteers from OCNJ CARE, a charity run by Ocean City resident Drew Fasy, along with Kathy Sykes and Jen Bowman, again provided meals to those in need on Wednesday for Thanksgiving dinner.
Bill McGinnity of Nobil Catering prepared the meals, and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Food Ministry also helped. Not to mention the many businesses in the area that provided buns, holiday decorations, and other items to create the holiday basket.
“We are very grateful to the town and to St. Peter’s Church and to all the volunteers,” Fasy said as he paused for a moment between stacking bins full of packed dinners in a van for delivery. outside the Saint-Pierre church. . “Really, none of this would be possible without them. “
This year, thanks to the immense generosity of the community, 250 meals were delivered to Speitel Commons, Bayview Manor, Wesley by The Bay and individual homes. Each person received a turkey dinner, with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.
Flo Driscoll, a resident of Bayview Manor who acts as a liaison for food deliveries, said residents appreciate the kindness and generosity of Fasy and others who donate their time and effort to provide residents with special holiday dinners.
Fasy, Bowman and Sykes delivered dozens of meals to Bayview Manor and Speitel Commons, two senior housing complexes.
“The residents appreciate it every year. They are looking forward to it, ”said Driscoll, adding that she was especially grateful to Fasy for all the work he was doing.
The volunteers started the morning at Cousin’s Restaurant, where they collected McGinnity’s meals.
They took them to St Peter’s, where they packed the meals with desserts, cookies, handmade cards from the Ocean City High School Key Club and turkey ornaments and wrapped them in boxes. vehicles for deliveries.
Fasy said 250 meals are the maximum OCNJ Care has delivered since volunteers started giving meals to people for the holidays at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other holiday deliveries, OCNJ CARE distributed between 150 and 200 meals. Fasy attributed the increase to the city’s social services department and the community services department headed by Daniel Kelchner, referring people in need.
Each resident received a note from Mayor Jay Gillian, Fasy, Bowman and Sykes, offering their best vacation wishes on behalf of OCNJ CARE.
“This basket was created for you through a partnership of small businesses, community organizations and volunteers from Ocean City. We hope this brings joy to you and your family and have a Happy Thanksgiving! “