Creating community event to enjoy Christmas spirit
A RANDOM conversation was what inspired Hannah Smith to open her home up to the community for Christmas.
“In 2016 I was walking around my neighbourhood and sat by a pond and an elderly gentleman sat next to me and we started talking,” she said.
“He mentioned that his wife passed away a few months prior and that it would be his first Christmas without her.
“He also mentioned his children and grandchildren live on the Gold Coast and never talk about visiting during the festive season.
“Hearing this broke my heart to know there’s people spending Christmas on there own.
“You never think about it at Christmas time, you expect people to be surrounded by family and friends; unfortunately each year I realise this isn’t true.”
Turning her garage into a Christmas wonderland, Hannah spent Christmas Day that year with 17 people who were looking for a way to celebrate the day.
“It was a great day and I even had met with 10 people on Boxing Day, for a beach walk, who weren’t able to make the Christmas event,” she said.
After having to cancel last year’s community Christmas, Hannah is throwing another one, this time at Mooloolaba Beach.
“I supply everything; from food, drink, games, even little gifts for children I know who are coming, I’m also planning on Santa dropping by,” she said.
The self-confessed Christmas fanatic said she has been overwhelmed but the support of the community, with businesses and people offering products and time.
“It’s beyond heartwarming to see so many people wanting to be apart of something amazing,” she said.
“The loneliness of seeing families and friends together, whilst sitting at home on your own on a festive day would be incomprehensible.
“It’s important for people to know there’s people out here who truly care and would work so hard just to see a smile on another persons face.
“I’m offering an open invitation to everyone from struggling families, singles, widows to people who just wish to meet and inspire new people.”
Festivities will start at 9am on Christmas Day at the main barbecue area at Mooloolaba Beach. To register attendance, email hannahef[email protected]
GIFT OF GIVING: Hannah Smith is sharing the Christmas Spirit around.