By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on December 19, 2019
SEVEN months of preparation and countless volunteer hours is what makes the annual Community Christmas Luncheon possible.
The annual event, first brought to Albany in 2005 by Pastor Steve Marshall and his wife Karen, invites people who do not have anyone to share Christmas with to have a free Christmas lunch with other members of the community.
It will again be held at Albany PCYC on Sanford Road and commence at noon on December 25.
“It’s open to everyone,” Mr Marshall said.
“People make new friends and for one day, everyone puts aside their differences and becomes one big family.
“It’s a really fun atmosphere.”
Mr Marshall said several local businesses had contributed donations to the event and offered up the use of their kitchens for volunteers to cook the Christmas lunch in.
More than 400 people attended the luncheon last year.
“I’ve done this for 45 years – in Rockingham before Albany – and I have to say, I think Albany is one of the most generous communities,” he said.
“Lots of people come together for the cause, and that’s significant.”
Mr Marshall said there was still time for people to register to attend the free luncheon.
Simply call Mr Marshall on 0412 850 105 or 9844 4550, Member for Albany Peter Watson’s office on 9841 8799 or register online at christmasluncheon.org