A bunch of Gold Coasters want to make sure no one spends Christmas Day alone and that no local kids go without a visit from Santa.
For the last seven years the group of volunteers have organised a Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch for those less fortunate in the city.
This year the festive celebration will be held at the Labrador State School Community Hall from 11am to 2pm, with plenty of food, entertainment and gifts for everyone who attends.
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Speaking to 1029 Hot Tomato’s Mal Lees, Event Organiser Susie Longman said the lunch was not just for the Gold Coast’s 3000 homeless people, but for anyone who is feeling the pinch this year, or find themselves alone on Christmas day.
“Christmas can be a really sad and lonely time for some people, so we want to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone on the Gold Coast,” she said.
Ms Longman told the drive host that she has seen an increase in families coming along to the event over the last few years.
“Families are contacting us before Christmas saying ‘we can’t afford for Santa to come this year, can you help us?’. There are a lot of awful situations out there. We also get a lot of older people come along who are just on their own.”
The group has been inundated with people wanting to volunteer or donate gifts for the day, but Ms Longman said what they really need is supermarket vouchers.
“Woolies and Coles vouchers would be great. We use those to buy whatever we need for the day. Any that are left we can give to the families joining us who have hit hard times.”
Ms Longman said volunteers will also be helping transport people to and from the lunch on Christmas Day.
For more information on the event, to donate or volunteer, visit: http://www.gcchristmaslunch.com/