Lismore Soup Kitchen president Mieke Bell is expecting a 160 people at the Christmas Lunch held every year at the Winsome in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Lismore Soup Kitchen president Mieke Bell is expecting a 160 people at the Christmas Lunch held every year at the Winsome in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Christmas lunch welcomes all comers

FOR more than 27 years, a festive meal and a warm welcome from the Winsome and Lismore Soup Kitchen have been an integral part of the lives of many people whom otherwise would be along or go hungry on Christmas Day.

This year, around 180 people of all ages are expected to turn up and share an alcohol-free delicious meal including roast chicken, ham, cranberry sauce, coleslaw and for desert, traditional pudding. .

It's double the number of lunches the charity usual serves.

However, it's a fantastic day for everyone involved, WLSK president, Mieke Bell said.

"We have a lot of people we see every Christmas, I know some people on their own will be looking to hear we will be open and serving lunch and will be reassured,” she said.

"Anyone who finds themselves on their own in Lismore is very welcome to come along.”

Ms Bell said the WLSK increases its 24 December lunch guest list by five people a year.

"More people are on their own and Christmas Day is all about getting together with you family and some people are blessed to have family but some people don't,” she said.

"We open from 9am on Christmas Day and are always grateful when people donate nibbles and cans of soft drink.”

It's also a day where Ms Bell said the usual volunteers will be home with their own family and friends.

"We ask them not to work, as this is a day for them to have a break,” she said.

"Gone are the days are the days when we used to bake turkeys, so now we serve cooked chicken, and add our own coleslaw, lots of donated hams, pineapple, beetroot, cranberry sauce and we always get lots of puddings donated by Father Mac's.”

Anyone alone on Christmas Day is welcome to attend the Winsome Hotel at 11 Bridge St, North Lismore, Ms Bell said.

"We are open from 9am and we are always grateful for donations of small gifts, such as toiletries for us to give as presents on the day”.



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