Residents of the Wesley by the Bay assisted living facility received free, hearty Easter Sunday dinners, courtesy of Wilson Plumbing and Heating of Ocean City.

The Easter afternoon drop-off of the meals was attended by Wilson Plumbing and Heating’s proprietor Anthony “Tony” Wilson, who heard there was a need for the donation through Drew Fasy, the chairman of OCNJ CARE.

Wilson serves on OCNJ CARE as one of its captains for the city’s Third Ward and is also the ward’s representative on City Council.

OCNJ CARE is a nonprofit group set up to identify community needs, recruit volunteers, raise money and allocate resources to help locals in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Drew identified the need, and a great opportunity for us to give something back to the community,” said Wilson.

Wilson Plumbing and Heating’s donation to Wesley by the Bay, part of the United Methodist Communities system located at 2401 Bay Avenue, covered the cost of 64 complete Easter dinners.

They were prepared by Marsini’s Kitchen restaurant of Somers Point, which has been very active in its own right, making their own food donations and delivering them throughout Ocean City and the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

The authentic Italian restaurant at 12 E. Maryland Ave. in Somers Point boxed the meals, loaded them up in a van for transport and delivered them to the facility.

Wilson accompanied the restaurant staffers and was overwhelmed by the reaction of the Wesley by the Bay workers and community members.

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