Help­ing oth­ers at Toowoomba’s Neigh­bour­hood Christ­mas

Mak­ing sure as many as pos­si­ble en­joy the sea­sonal spirit

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The ul­ti­mate Christ­mas lunch is be­ing held for peo­ple who might not be able to en­joy the fes­tive sea­son at all.

The Toowoomba Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion, to­gether with METRO Church Toowoomba, will host the sec­ond Toowoomba’s Neigh­bour­hood Christ­mas on Christ­mas Day, which will in­clude a two-course lunch, a visit from Santa and gifts for the kids.

METRO Church pas­tor Matt Gregg says the event sup­ports so many fam­i­lies in the re­gion and cel­e­brates what Christ­mas is all about — fam­ily.

“Christ­mas is meant to be a time of fun and fam­ily and laugh­ter and all of those things but some­times it can be quite dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to en­joy it be­cause they are go­ing through ex­treme hard­ship,” he says.

Mr Gregg says with­out the lunch, some peo­ple might not be hav­ing a Christ­mas at all.

Last year, it wel­comed about 160 guests and this year can host up to 200.

Toowoomba Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion CEO Ali­son Kennedy says guests at­tend­ing the lunch could be peo­ple from dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies, those suf­fer­ing home­less­ness and any­body feel­ing lonely on the day with­out fam­ily.

“We are su­per ex­cited be­cause there are some re­ally spe­cial peo­ple in Toowoomba who re­ally love this event and they come along on Christ­mas to cel­e­brate the beau­ti­ful day,” she says.

This year the lunch will be catered by lo­cal cafe Parisiann Patis­serie, which has al­ready cooked up more than 200 Christ­mas cakes that will only get tastier with time.

Those in­ter­ested or in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing should con­tact the foun­da­tion on 0419 789 922.

Those want­ing to at­tend the lunch as a guest can be re­ferred to the foun­da­tion by their lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice provider.

LO­CAL BUSI­NESSES ARE EN­COUR­AGED TO GET IN­VOLVED, BY SPON­SOR­ING A TA­BLE FOR $500

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