Carthage Crisis Center prepares for a COVID-19 safe Thanksgiving feast to feed those in need

They are prepping around 400 meals for the community with contactless delivery
Carthage Crisis Center

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Preparations are underway for the Carthage Crisis Centers annual Thanksgiving feast to feed those in need.

“It really is one of our biggest events of the year. We typically feed about 400 people in the community and on a normal occasion we feed them in house and deliver meals to people in the community who aren’t able to come out” said Assistant Director of Operations for the Carthage Crisis Center, Karrie Oxford.

But this year because of the pandemic, things will look a little differently with a focus on to go meals and only family members of residents allowed inside.

“We’ll feed our in house residents, they’re able to have family members come in given they are clear of any COVID-19 related symptoms and they’re able to sit down with their family members, socially distanced throughout our building so they’re able to have Thanksgiving dinner” added Oxford.

Karen Anderson has been a resident at the Crisis Center for almost 10 months now and was relieved to know she could still celebrate the holiday with family.

“It was uplifting.”

But she also wanted to help out where she could, using her time to prepare the to go meals for the holiday.

“I always help out wherever and whenever I can so it’s my way of giving back.”

They are prepping around 400 meals for the community with contactless delivery. And
volunteers for preparations are being kept small for safety purposes.

“We’ve had such amazing support from the community and my own personal family coming in to help prepare food to make sure we have enough so no one goes without” added Oxford.

Each community member will get a hot and cold box full of classic Thanksgiving food.
Something those at the center worried wouldn’t happen this year, but are thankful that it is.

“Sometimes the holidays are really hard, sometimes they’re challenging enough, so if we can be a bright spot and be a place of reprieve for someone to know that they’ve been taken care of and thought of, then we want to do that. So, then our focus changed from not a matter of can we, but how can we, how can we do it” said Oxford.

The center also received many donations from the community that allowed them to have more than enough food for the feast.