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St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach    
Introduced by New Jersey Chamber President Tom Bracken at Chamber's Congressional Dinner, Jan. 31    

People of St. Mary's jury-rigged stoves and managed to serve hundreds of hot meals each day
Once Hurricane Sandy hit, parishioners at St. Mary's immediately began using their St. George's food pantry to feed rescue workers and first responders. People of St. Mary's jury-rigged stoves and managed to serve hundreds of hot meals each day to workers and displaced citizens, despite power outages and infrastructure damage.

This inspiring work was done under the leadership of the Rector of St. Mary's by the Sea – Father C. John Thompson-Quartey. Father John was born in Ghana, West Africa and came to the United States in 1983. He graduated from Rutgers, and in 1997 was ordained a priest.

Under his leadership, St. Mary's has cemented a strong reputation in the community – a reputation so strong in fact that after the storm, they collected more food, blankets, clothing and other vital supplies than they could use. They wound up sharing many of the essential items with other churches and associations.

 


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