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The ‘Toowoomba’s Neighbourhood Christmas’ provides a hearty two-course lunch on Christmas Day for individuals and families in the local community who otherwise may not have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday.
As well as providing food, the fun-filled lunch will include a special visit from Santa and gifts for the kids to help spread the Christmas cheer.
Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO, Alison Kennedy, said the event represented an opportunity to give back to the local community.
“The Toowoomba’s Neighbourhood Christmas was started last year as a way of giving back to the community that is so generous with their support of the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation,” Mrs Kennedy said.
“We understand that while Christmas is such a special time of year, it can also be hard for those who are experiencing challenging circumstances.
“At our inaugural event in 2016, we welcomed over 140 people to the lunch, including a number of volunteers, individuals and families, and we look forward to hosting a bigger and better event this year.”
Matt Gregg, a pastor at METRO Church Toowoomba, said METRO Church was looking forward to again being involved with the Neighbourhood Christmas lunch.
“Special occasions and holidays such as Christmas continue to be some of the hardest times of the year for families and individuals facing difficult circumstances,” Mr Gregg said
“This experience is a brilliant way to share Christmas with our local community.”
The Neighbourhood Christmas has the capacity to welcome 200 guests to join in on the celebrations and the Foundation is calling on the local business community to get involved.
“We are calling on the local business community to consider sponsoring a table for 10 people, and assist us in giving a memorable Christmas to those who otherwise would not be able to celebrate the day,” Mrs Kennedy said.
Families and individuals interested in attending the event can contact their local community service provider for more information.
The Foundation is also looking for a number of volunteers to assist on the day.
For businesses interested in sponsoring a table at the lunch, or for those who would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Jasmine Quarman, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Events and Sponsorship Coordinator, on 0419 789 922.