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Woman's kind gesture feeds hungry on Christmas day

Cindy Roma will open her Wilsonton Heights home to homeless people on Christmas Day.
Cindy Roma will open her Wilsonton Heights home to homeless people on Christmas Day. Anthea Gleeson

THIRTY-TWO years ago Toowoomba woman Cindy Roma was homeless and living on other people's couches.

But through a conscious effort to turn her life around, Ms Roma now has a roof over her head and looks after her son and extended family in her Wilsonton Heights home.

The single mum now wants to pay it forward and give back to people who are living the life she left behind all those years ago.

On Christmas day, Ms Roma will open her doors and invite homeless people over for lunch.

She has put the call out on Facebook for those without a place to go, to just "rock up".

"This is something that is close to me," she said.

"Thirty-two years ago I was a street kid.

"You get over the experiences but it is always there.

"I think about the kids that I meet on the streets.

"I often wonder what happened to them."

The proud grandmother doesn't want a medal or accolades for her good deed.

She just wants to help.

"This is just me," she said

"At around this time of year, we starting thinking about all the loved ones we have lost.

"It's a big thing in the Aboriginal community.

"And because I don't have that many loved ones, I wouldn't mind if some homeless people came around.

"I like to surround myself with people."

She isn't worried about hoards of people turning up on her doorstep.

Ms Roma reckons she can accommodate them all in her big backyard.

"I'll have a lot of chickens, a big ham and salad stuff," she said.

"The yard is big but I only have one table.

"But I can sit on the ground under the tree."

Ms Roma can be contacted on 0422 523 421.

"I hope some people can come down," she said.

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