Samaritans seeking volunteers for Christmas Lunch in Singleton

Plans for Samaritans Christmas Lunch in Singleton are well underway with guests expected to enjoy a scrumptious meal together at the Senior Citizens Centre on Christmas Day.

With just four weeks until Christmas, Samaritans are currently calling for additional support to ensure the event’s success this year.

“We are fortunate to have the encouragement of the local parish, some keen volunteers, sponsors and supporters, but we are hoping that the local community will really get on board this year to make it one to remember,” Event Coordinator, Kim-Cherie Davidson, said.

While support has been confirmed from Mt Owen Complex and The Bloomfield Group Foundation, there are still plenty of opportunities for local businesses, organisations and individuals to be part of this community lunch in the heart of the Hunter.

“This event is just not possible without the generosity of locals getting in to help those who are doing it tough. We have a proforma of sponsorship and tax-deductible donation options available and we are hoping local businesses will get in touch to offer their support of this event.

“We also need more volunteers to help out on the day - from serving lunch, to assistance with set up, pack down and entertainment, there’s something for everyone!” Ms Davidson said.

Samaritans hope that providing a free lunch, entertainment, a gift and company, will ensure that no one has to experience Christmas alone or go without during the festive season.

“At Samaritans, we go the extra mile at Christmas time.  Our Christmas Day Lunch ensures people who are lonely, isolated or experiencing disadvantage are included in the joy and celebration of the season. We do this by partnering with local people to make it all happen,” Ms Davidson, said.

This year’s event will again work in partnership with the Anglican Parish of Singleton and volunteers like Gary who have eagerly awaited the return of the event.

“I’m very excited to have the Lunch back in Singleton as it is greatly needed,” Gary Holland said.

“It allows a lot of people to be part the festive spirit by creating a Christmas for everyone to be included through preparing and sharing a meal as well as spreading the season’s joy. There are many blessings that come from this lunch,” Mr Holland said.

Christmas Lunch in Singleton will be held at the Senior Citizens Centre from 11am-2pm on Christmas Day and all are welcome to attend.

To be part of Christmas Lunch in Singleton as volunteer, donor, supporter or sponsor contact Kim-Cherie Davidson on email at kimcherie.davidson@samaritans.or.au or mobile 0427 867 969 or phone the Parish office from Tuesday to Friday between 9am and 1pm.

Samaritan volunteers Cassie Russell, Shayne Warren and Gary Holland.

Samaritan volunteers Cassie Russell, Shayne Warren and Gary Holland.