Shin­ing spirit of Christmas

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

ONCE again Christmas has brought the Rochester com­mu­nity to­gether.

The an­nual Rochester Sal­va­tion Army Christmas day lunch brought to­gether a record num­ber of those who had nowhere else to go.

The Har­ris fam­ily hosted 52 peo­ple of all ages with over­whelm­ing sup­port from vol­un­teers and the wider com­mu­nity.

‘‘It would have to be the high­est num­ber of peo­ple we have ever had,’’ Travis Har­ris told Cam­paspe News.

‘‘The day was fab­u­lous, it was great to see so many peo­ple come to­gether and it had a re­ally nice fam­ily feel­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘There was a tra­di­tional roast lunch, with turkey, chicken and all the trim­mings such as roast veg­eta­bles.’’

Mr Har­ris said it is the con­tin­u­ous sup­port from the com­mu­nity in the lead up to the day which makes a huge dif­fer­ence.

‘‘We had lots of do­na­tions from presents to ev­ery­thing from food do­na­tions to money,’’ he said.

‘‘The com­mu­nity is al­ways re­ally sup­port­ive and I think we have a great town full of gen­er­ous peo­ple.

‘‘Peo­ple just want to help out those who are less for­tu­nate than them­selves, and Christmas is a great time for peo­ple to come to­gether.’’

Santa was a spe­cial guest, hand­ing out gifts to ex­cited chil­dren who en­ter­tained with some singing.

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