HOLIDAY CHEER: The Ipswich Awakening is holding a community Christmas dinner at the North Ipswich Reserve on December 25.
HOLIDAY CHEER: The Ipswich Awakening is holding a community Christmas dinner at the North Ipswich Reserve on December 25. Rob Williams

The Christmas for people who have nowhere to go

FOR those doing it tough, there can be no lonelier time than Christmas.

On a day when most look forward to sharing good times with friends and family, there are some with nowhere to go, and no loved ones to share with.

There is a silver lining.

For the last 23 years, Christian group Ipswich Awakening has hosted a community Christmas dinner, inviting those spending the holiday alone to share in good food and company.

This year, the feast will be held at the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre from 3-6.30pm on Christmas Day.

Ipswich Awakening member Lee-Anne Nelson said the event was supported by Ipswich City Council, local businesses and many volunteers from local churches and the Ipswich community.

"Christmas is all about sharing and receiving of the goodwill and gifts of the season and we want to ensure that no one misses out,” Mrs Nelson said.

"Those with nowhere to go, who are lonely or can't afford a Christmas meal are all welcome.

"Last year we had a large turnout of around 150 people and expectations are for the same or greater this year.”



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