A CHRISTMAS party in Queens Park on Tuesday was a grand finale for 2012 for the Abundant Life Initiative of the Ipswich Region Community Church and Footprints in the Park.
These two organisations hold weekly barbecues in the park for families and individuals who are homeless, living in boarding houses, feeling isolated or lonely, or just struggling to make ends meet.
Abundant Life Initiative programs manager Grace Preston said more than 100 guests and volunteers turned out to the Christmas gathering.
"Guests were treated to entertainment and a singalong with Neil Duddy, then enjoyed a Christmas dinner and Santa arrived to give out presents to everyone," Ms Preston said.
"It was great. We had a storm threatening but it didn't start raining until everyone had packed up.
"All the salads were homemade by volunteers.
"People have been extremely generous. This year, Abundant Life also packed 214 Christmas hampers. We got enough food from the community.
"We can only hold this Christmas party and the barbecues throughout the year because of the generous support of the Ipswich City Council, business community and our dedicated volunteers."
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