Volunteering for a special Christmas at Lismore Soup Kitchen
By Fay Knight firstname.lastname@example.org
WENDY and John Lane of Casino gave up their 'annual holiday' to help with the Lismore Soup Kitchen's Christmas Day lunch. Held in the St Andrew's Anglican Church Hall, the lunch started at 10am with soft drinks, snacks and music while the traditional hot meal was served in the early afternoon.
As the Lanes own a newsagency in Barker Street, they are on deck every other day to sell newspapers but this year Wendy decided to volunteer and John was 'roped in'.
"It's our first time but it won't be our last," said Wendy, who was busily cutting up servings of Father Mac's Heavenly Christmas Pudding while others made salads and awaited the arrival of the hot food, which was being cooked at the Civic Centre kitchen.
Lismore musician John Gift had brought not only his guitar, to entertain the crowd, but also his family.
"I do music for the Soup Kitchen through the week, so I have an affinity with lots of people here," said John.
Young Lismore volunteers Montanna Hannigan, 12, and her sister Maddeline, aged 10, asked to come and help, mum, Mel Hannigan, who left her two young sons at home with her husband.
"I made sure the girls understood what was happening and they were up at five and had an early breakfast and left their gifts behind.
"I'm pretty happy with them."
Margaret Adamson and Pam Whitehead were also both first-timers at helping with the lunch and both had only met on the day.
"I thought I'd do something to help here instead of just having a quiet lunch at home," said Margaret, who lives at Alstonville.
"It's lovely to see the spirit here," said Pam, of Koonorigan.
The Christmas menu included turkey, ham, hot vegetables, coleslaw and Christmas pudding with brandy custard.