After four years in their new facility at the corner of Central and Main streets, Marilyn Bisbee and a staff of dozens of volunteers have refined preparing a holiday meal for hundreds into a science. Marilyn Bisbee, her husband Brian, and about 60 volunteers and staff prepared and served meals to more than 260 people on Thanksgiving Day.
Marilyn Bisbee said new equipment, including a new food warmer, has helped the process along, but it wouldn’t happen without the volunteers, including members of the Bisbee family, members of the Carthage Emerging Leaders and others.
Brian Bisbee said 111 meals were delivered to homes with residents who could not come to the Crisis Center at noon on Thursday, while about 150 people came to the center.
“One man came in late to pick up three meals,” Bisbee said. “The man told me he had recently lost his wife and there were two other women in his building and they decided to share the holiday meal together. The man said he planned to come to the Crisis Center and eat with us next time.”
Whole families turned out to help serve the meal to people, some of whom just came to share the holiday with others.
Brian Bisbee said this was the eighth year for the annual Thanksgiving meal. And they’ll do it again in about a month for the annual Christmas dinner.