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Epiphany Church Makes 1,000 Thanksgiving Meals for Brick and Beyond

Annual food delivery, Thanksgiving feast has become a tradition

In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Brick, volunteers at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church on Thiele Road woke up early and began preparing nearly 200 turkeys to feed approximately 1,000 people today.

This is the church's 19th year hosting the annual event, which includes meal deliveries to more than 750 people, then a Thanksgiving feast at the church for anyone who comes.

For the past eight years, the church has partnered with Ocean County Meals on Wheels to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to homebound senior citizens throughout much of Ocean County.

Most years, the delivery list included seniors in Seaside Heights, but since Hurricane Sandy, those towns have been off-limits.

Bob Hermida – who, along with his wife Sue started the volunteer effort all those years ago – said he personally tracked down the names of those on the barrier island who might be displaced this year and arranged for them to receive a dinner.

"One lady, unfortunately, we couldn't find, but a few more we did, and we're delivering meals to them where they are now" Hermida said.

A silver lining in the post-Sandy era came in the form of more volunteers than ever this year, Hermida said.

Usually, volunteers have to deliver meals to three or four locations in one trip, but this year those delivering will only have to stop at two houses per route. Often, those volunteering take a few moments to talk with the seniors on their route and wish them a happy Thanksgiving, and this year they may have more time to do so.

More than 200 volunteers participate every year, with most of the meals on their way to the county's hungry seniors by noon.

none of yobusiness November 22, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Great job! So wonderful to see people giving their time and helping those who are without! Truly doing Gods work!
Missing Brick November 22, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The true spirit of Thanksgiving and humanity. Kudos to those who participated!
Donna McCormick- Mackintosh November 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Kudos Great church , great parish we are Blessed to be a part of!
1stcav November 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Thank you, thank you to all, as THIS will be a Thanksgiving none will forget for a very long long time...Our towns people ( business's) have really stepped forward to help each other in our time of need...
Dave VanDeventer November 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thanks Sue and Bob..what an awesome job you do!
Cathy November 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Yes, awesome job everyone. So blessed to be a small part of this amazing ministry. So moving to drive in to deliver a turkey and see so many helping.
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