LONELY TIME: Christmas isn't a joyous occasion for everyone.
LONELY TIME: Christmas isn't a joyous occasion for everyone. KatarzynaBialasiewicz

No lunch but not all is lost for Warwick's Christmas lonely

FOR THE first time in years, Warwick will be without a Christmas lunch for the less fortunate members of the community.

A few months ago, the Goldspink family made the heart-breaking decision to turn their focus this year to more pressing family issues.

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For the last two years the caring and generous family has been providing a lunch for the lonely and elderly members of the community.

Last year over 70 members of the community gathered at the Cowboys clubhouse to enjoy some company and donated food on Christmas Day.

That occasion served as the only option for some members of the community and will be sorely missed in 2017.

In the lead up to Christmas, The Salvation Army are taking a proactive approach to helping those less-fortunate at a vulnerable time of year.

Lt Zak Churchill said Christmas could be a challenging and lonely time for some.

"We don't want anyone to have to go it alone,” he said.

"Through the incredible generosity of our local community, we were able to assist many families and individuals in need last year.

"The Salvos plan to help even more people this year, so we are gearing up to Christmas.

"We would like to encourage those who are able, to embrace the spirit of giving this Christmas.”

The Salvation Army is holding a free Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 23 from 11am for everyone within the community.

Emergency supplies, gifts and assistance will also be available for those in need, by calling into The Salvation Army Warwick Corps at 25 Guy Street.

On Christmas Day, The Salvation Army is inviting the public to gather to celebrate the hope and joy of Christmas.

The Salvos Christmas Day service will be held at 25 Guy Street from 08:30 AM and everyone is welcome to attend.

"Our service is family friendly and a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas,” Lt Churchill said.

"There will be fun activities for the kids and a real festive atmosphere, so come along and join us.”

For those who wish to assist the less-fortunate in the community with food or gifts, there are collection points at Rose City Shoppingworld, The Salvation Army Family Store, Granite Belt Dental, Suncorp Bank and The Salvation Army on Guy Street.



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