Serving the community at lunch for Christmas

BEING alone on Christmas Day is no longer a reason to be going hungry.

A free lunch for homeless and lonely people on Thursdaydec25 is being organised by generous Tweed volunteer Karen Morrissey and others.

With a large lunch planned for an expected 160 people, organisers are hoping to extend the usual Christmas cheer with a gift.

Mrs Morrissey, who organises the event with her husband Chris, said the lunch has %always been successful.

"The lunch started two years ago every Saturday and has continued ever since. We started doing lunch on Christmas Day last year; we served more than 130 meals," Mrs Morrissey said.

"This year we have had all the food we could ever need donated but we would like to be able to give out presents to everyone.

"Through the generosity of some people we have had all the food provided. The lunch is open for everyone who has nowhere else to go on Christmas Day."

Ms Morrissey said everyone blends in with each other.

"There are no labels. It's a community family," she said.

"We had so many calls last year from people wanting to volunteer. There were a lot of single mums whose kids have gone to see their dads, or old ladies whose families live too far away.

"It's not about the food, it's about the community. Anyone can come, no questions asked."

Volunteer Rod Keller said it is a wonderful day for everyone.

"We also organise some beach cricket on the day and some other events. We will sing some carols as well," Mr Keller said.

"Just show up and enjoy."

THE free lunch for the homeless and lonely will take place in the park on Marine Parade, south of Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club, from noon on Christmas Day.

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