Festivities for all
Matamata’s Community Christmas organisers say you needn’t be alone.
A raft of generous community people are coming together to put on a fantastic Christmas day event.
The Matamata Community Christmas Dinner, a free lunch on Christmas day for lonely and members of the community who would like to share Christmas day with others, is back again for 2015.
The lunch will be held at the St John Ambulance Hall on Rawhiti Ave from 11.45am onwards.
The lunch is a sit down meal, at around 12.30pm, and is as close to a traditional Christmas meal as possible. There will also be entertainment.
A free pickup and drop-off van is available, which caters for all mobility levels.
Committee member Sally Jenkins urges people not to be alone this Christmas. ‘‘Spend time with other people,’’ she said.
Some of the food is donated thanks to the generosity of the community. Service groups like the Kiwanis are also a great help. This year Kiwanis has donated juice and Sally said another group might pay for the Christmas puddings etc.
‘‘We do get great support from the community.’’
Organisers are looking for volunteers to help on the day, even if you just have an hour or two to spare.
The committee always have great people willing to give up a portion of their own Christmas day to help others, Sally said.
If you can volunteer to help on the day, or to book for the meal (which is requested for numbers) and/or for the free shuttle, phone Mary Lasenby on 888 5100. Although the meal is free, donations will be gratefully received but are certainly not essential.