Cafe lifts spirits with free meals for those most in need
STAFF at Bluebird Kitchen will embody the Christmas spirit next week when they serve up to 150 free meals for those most in need.
Owners Jim and Katie Osborn have circulated vouchers to community groups for anyone to redeem for a meal on December 23 and 24.
The couple had decided to give back to the community with a $2 kitchen for those doing it tough after a break-in at the restaurant last month.
"We sat back and appraised what we did for the $2 kitchen and what we could do differently," Mrs Osborn said.
"Doing it during the week means there will be public transport available instead of doing it on a Sunday."
"We just felt it was more accessible this way and not such a big deal for people," Mr Osborn said.
"People can come and use the voucher and go again as they please at any time over those two days."
The few days leading up to Christmas can be a stressful time for many and the Osborns said they hoped a meal could help lift spirits.
"It's so easy to get caught up in the monetary expectations of Christmas where people feel like they need to give more than they're comfortable with," Mrs Osborn said.
"This is an opportunity for people to give back to themselves.
"We've also got plenty of suspended coffees to be used, which can also be used for tea or juices."
Bluebird Kitchen, which will be open from 8am-3.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, will have some vouchers on site to give away during the week.