Posted at: 11/23/2012 12:21 AM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 1:01 AM
By: Abigail Bleck
ALBANY - Each plate dished out by Equinox volunteers is piled high with meat and all the fixings. Even more than the meal, though, the guests appreciate the kindness.
Some 3,600 helpers ensure the dinner is a success every year. People like Norm Shapiro, who is now the chef, but who has done almost every job during his nearly 30 years as an equinox volunteer.
Norm tells us, “At first it was something for me to do, you know, and then it got to the point I meet these people every year, wonderful acquaintances and now it's a part of your life.”
This is just a small portion of what Equinox does. Early on Thursday, 9,000 meals were delivered by volunteers. There was enough food for 500 diners at the first Presbyterian Church today and there were very few empty seats.
Lea Bosquez, the Equinox Thanksgiving Coordinator explains, “At the end of the day, there is so much warmth and so much love on this day people come together and are happy.”
From the faithful, to the hungry, to those who want to serve, and everyone in between.
According to Norm, “It's a wonderful event, every year I see these people and I fill up, you know.”
Filling up, on Thanksgiving, has two very different, but equally important, meanings.