THE Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch has been putting smiles on faces for four consecutive years, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that it could not go ahead in 2020.
Although the lunch had to be cancelled, volunteers remained dedicated to the cause of making Christmas Day a happy one for people doing it tough.
On Christmas Day, volunteers delivered hampers to nearly 50 regular attendees of the lunch.
The hampers contained donated gifts, toiletries, and groceries.
Regular lunch attendee Lee had his day brightened when he was visited and given a hamper. “Without you guys I wouldn’t have had a Christmas! The visit from you guys on Christmas Day this year absolutely made my day,” he said about the volunteers.
The Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch was started in 2016. It is a collaboration between St Joseph’s Parish and Primary School, St Vincent de Paul, Chelsea’s Uniting Church, and Chelsea Community Church of Christ.