No one should spend Christmas alone or go without a visit from Santa.
So for the past 9 years a special bunch of Gold Coasters have been organising a free Community Christmas Lunch for lonely and less fortunate people in our city.
This year they will hold the festive celebration again, this time at the Labrador State School Community Hall from 11am to 2pm and there is set to be plenty of food, entertainment and gifts for everyone who attends.
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Event Organiser Susie Longman said the lunch was not just for less fortunate locals, but is also for those who are feeling the pinch or find themselves alone on Christmas day. “So many people see the Gold Coast as an affluent city, but we have a lot of disadvantaged people living here. There is also many people who are on their own, so we encourage them all to come along to the lunch. They don’t need to book in to come, they can simply turn up on the day. We also offer free transport to those who need it too,” Susie told myGC.
Susie said they are still calling for donations for gifts for both adults and children. “Vouchers or gift cards are fabulous to donate. They can be for anything, from supermarket vouchers, to movie gift cards or hair cut vouchers,” she said.”We also really need gifts for men and teenagers – they are often forgotten I think because they are so hard to buy for. Pamper packs are great for women, as we have a lot of single mums and domestic violence victims come to the lunch.”
Susie said those wanting to donate should steer clear of anything second-hand, war toys or toy guns as they won’t accept them. “Vouchers are really the best things. We want to give them something they would never buy for themselves.”
For more information on the event or to donate visit: facebook.com/pg/GoldCoastCommunityChristmasLunch. Locals wanting transport on the day to and from the Christmas lunch should call 0477167089.