15 Dec Waypoint 622 Helps Create Miracle on Union Avenue
Originally post on December 3, 2015
By Lauren Garcia
of The Coast Star
Waypoint 622 Helps Create Miracle on Union Avenue
Restaurant and church community deliver Thanksgiving to families
Brielle based restaurant Waypoint 622 and members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, along with members of the community service based youth group, The Doves, helped make Thanksgiving special this year. Photo by LARRY GRAFAS
MANASQUAN — The restaurant Waypoint 622 joined with members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and The Doves, a church youth group, to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to more than two dozen local families in need last week.
“Everybody was so happy, it was a great day,” Toni Kovak, a volunteer for St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Denis Church, said. “It was picture perfect.”
According to Ms. Kovak, the St. Vincent De Paul Society had already identified the need and decided to approach a commercial restaurant to help prepare the food when Waypoint 622 approached them, asking if they could provide complete, fully cooked meals.
“It was a collaboration between the intergenerational members of St. Vincent, the restaurant and the youth group,” Ms. Kovak said. “It was such a beautiful day and everyone was so happy. And the owner and chef were working overtime and on their own. They put in so much effort and went above and beyond.”
Through coordination between Maura Colon, general manager of Waypoint 622, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society, dinners consisting of turkey, salads, fresh baked pies, rolls of bread, cranberries, fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and gravy were delivered to 29 families, Ms. Kovak said, and 78 community members in the area. All meals were packaged and ready to be reheated.
“Head Chef Dan, Souse Chef Monica and their kitchen brigade prepared and packaged amazing culinary delights with enthusiasm and care,” she said.
She the families and individuals were not necessarily unemployed, but struggling financially or working long hours to get by.
Members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and The Doves delivered the meals to the families between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
“It was heart wrenching,” Ms. Kovak said of the deliveries. “They [the families] were so happy and little children were hugging my legs. It was such a great day for food for the body but food for the soul as well.”
In accordance with the opening day performances at the Algonquin Theater on Main Street of “Miracle on 34th Street,” Ms. Kovak said they have taken to calling last week’s event “Miracle on Union Avenue,” after the address of St. Denis Church.
Ms. Kovak said Waypoint 622 owner, Larry Grafas has expressed interest in continuing this event as a yearly tradition.
“It was out of the goodness of their hearts,” she said. “It was a miracle.”