Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Busy Easter without the Loud Chatter

It was a busy Easter Sunday at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen -- except there was no loud chatter permeating the dining hall.

Director Ed Morgan and four volunteers prepared Easter dinners of ham, scalloped potatoes and glazed carrots, and packed them in to-go containers.

They handed out a total of 156 meals, which also included salad, fruit and desserts.

That wasn’t all.

“Eighteen kids came by,” Ed notes, "and were given Easter baskets" donated by Bonnie and Darren Woods. In fact, the couple prepared a total of 64 baskets, which provided goodies to children over the next couple of days.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Volunteers unfazed by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic struck. Businesses and schools shut down. Most people stayed home.

But the volunteers at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen continued to show up to feed those in need – the poor, the jobless, the underemployed, the homeless.

In fact, the volunteers were “unfazed.” That’s how Kitchen Director Ed Morgan put it.

There was one big change, however. Instead of serving guests in the dining hall, they prepared hot meals-to-go.

"Guests come in the front door; pick up a meal, dessert, fruit on tables set up, and leave through the back door," Ed noted. "This works well, and any contact closer than 6 feet is minimalized."

The volunteers are “amazing,” he added, saying he was humbled by “their continued commitment during these difficult times.”

Monday, February 17, 2020

Birthday Girl Donates Gifts for Christmas


Thanks to some thoughtful people, families who visit the soup kitchen were able to bring toys home to put under their Christmas trees. There were also some 30 children who got presents from Santa himself when he visited the soup kitchen Dec. 23.

Among those thoughtful donors were Katherine Divine, the Remsen VFW, and anonymous givers such as the man who showed up at the last minute with three sacks of gifts just when toys were running short.

Katherine's donation was special. She is 10 years old. Her birthday falls close to Christmas, which means she usually gets a lot of presents. She told her parents she wanted to celebrate her birthday by giving away her gifts. She chose Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.

Katherine came with her parents, Charlie and Sue, and brother, Leeds, to drop off the gifts, as well as get a tour of the soup kitchen and church.

“She wanted those less fortunate children to have a nice gift for Christmas,” Kitchen Director Ed Morgan noted.
The Divine Family
Katherine with her dad, mom and brother -- and donated gifts 
at the soup kitchen. Photos by Edward Morgan.