Door of Hope Christmas Eve Dinner - Pastor Dave Woodward with (L) Janelle Woodward, June Dean and Leanne Enchelmaier.
Door of Hope Christmas Eve Dinner - Pastor Dave Woodward with (L) Janelle Woodward, June Dean and Leanne Enchelmaier. Alistair Brightman

Doors open for free Christmas dinners

DO YOU know somebody or are you someone who might be lonely this Christmas?

There are a number of places around the Wide Bay region with amazing volunteers who put on the Christmas cheer and spread for anyone and everyone.

Maryborough's Door of Hope has been offering free Christmas dinners and lunches for 23 years and this year will hold it on Christmas eve.

Pastor Dave Woodward said there is everything from cold salads and meats to decorations and entertainment.

"Christmas can be one of the loneliest times of the year for people who do not have family nearby," Pastor Dave said.

"We're asking members of the community to be aware of friends or neighbours who might be living alone and to let them know about the Christmas Dinner.

Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 24, from 5.30pm at the Door Of Hope, 569 Kent St, Maryborough.

The dinner is free but bookings were essential for catering, so drop by the Church Office between 9am and noon on weekdays or phone 4121 6822. Transportation was available if needed.

The members of the Gayndah Lions Club and some very good community citizens of Gayndah have joined together to hose a Christmas Luncheon.

Organisers have said it was a good opportunity for any family or individual who were unable to celebrate Christmas this year with family or friends or were unable to celebrate in a special way.

The Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Gayndah Town Hall, 32-34 Capper St, on Tuesday, December 20, from noon.

For more information or if you require transport phone Gaye Tyler 0428 416 113 or John Zahl 0458 625 005.

Anything you can think of for a Christmas lunch will be laid out for Gympie's free Christmas lunch.

Held at the Civic Centre for the last 17 years, 200-250 were catered for Christmas day festivities.

Organiser Stephanie Vogler said everyone was welcome.

"We do prefer bookings especially families with children under 12 who will receive a present from Santa," she said.

"There will be cold meats donated by local butchers, salads and desserts served by Gympie Victory Church volunteers and we also purchase foods like hot chickens on Christmas eve.

"Anyone who was new to town is very welcome, come introduce yourself and meet some of the community - anyone who is alone, families, older couple - the door is open and it's free.

"We want people to have fun on Christmas day."

The free Christmas luncheon will be held at the Civic Centre, 32-34 Mellor St, Gympie from 11.30am, lunch served at noon.

To book phone Stephanie Vogler on 0457 283 269.

Hervey Bay will host its annual Picnic in the Garden on Christmas day from noon-3pm with a visit from Santa at 2.30pm.

Organiser Janet Newman said it was a relaxing, fun afternoon to ensure nobody spends Christmas alone.

Everybody gets a present and there will be fruit platters, barbecue and salads with all dietary requirements catered for including vegetarian and gluten free.

There will be tables, marquees and chairs but bring a chair or picnic rug.

The event will be held at the Botanical Gardens and Urangan Community Centre, Elizabeth St, Urangan.

Bundaberg Uniting Church, Andy's Place will hold a Special Christmas Meal on Wednesday, December 21, at 6pm then another on January 4.

The meal will be held at 34 Barolin St, Bundaberg Central.

Also in Avoca, Bundaberg there will be the second annual Church of Christ Christmas Day Luncheon.

It will be a free three-course luncheon with a cold collation of a seafood cocktail as entree, ham and chicken salad with little delights under lettuce leaves and a choice of pavlova, cheesecake or plum pudding and custard.

There will also be coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Doors will open at 11.30am on Christmas day with lunch served at noon at the church at 76 Twyford St, Avoca.

Last year 150 people turned up and they are expecting the same again this year.

Booking would be appreciated, phone Peter MacSween on 0427 798 029.

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.


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