Carthage Crisis Center serves Christmas meals to more than 600 people

Carthage Crisis Center serves Christmas meals to more than 600 people
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The Carthage Crisis Center served Christmas meals to 400 people in house, and delivered an additional 240 meals to homes in the area today.

Organizers say that is the highest amount of home deliveries they have made in the past 10 years of offering a community Christmas dinner.

Volunteer drivers delivered to not only Carthage residents, but also homes in Joplin, Webb City, Avilla, Jasper, and other surrounding areas.

“There are people that are shut in and unable to get out, and so it gives them the opportunity to have a good Christmas meal,” said Brian Bisbee, Executive Director of the Carthage Crisis Center.

“Because we’re so blessed in so many ways, it’s important to have a chance to give back to others,” said Ronna Patterson, volunteer. “At any time, we may be on either end of the giving or receiving. This is an opportunity to carve out one or two hours of the day and take a break from the traditions, and start new traditions.”

Organizers estimate nearly 150 volunteers made the Christmas dinner possible.