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Christmas cheer . . . Waimate Community Christmas dinner planning team members (from left) Anne McMaster, Noeleena Loch-head, Ernie Whipp and Diana Whipp rummage through decorations and checking out supplies for the dinner. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Waimate Community Christmas Dinner is in need of volunteers.

Christmas dinner team co-ordinator the Rev Indrea Alexander said generous individuals and businesses were “stepping up with support” for the dinner, but donations to cover big-ticket items such as hams and legs of lamb were urgently needed.

Ms Alexander, who is also the vicar for the Waimate district Anglican churches, said volunteers were also required for this year’s event, which would be the fifth community Christmas dinner run in Waimate.

Helping hands were needed for setting up on December 23 and food preparation on December 24, as well as serving as kitchen hands or hosts on the day, she said.

Volunteers were also needed to help clear up at the end of the event once the other volunteers serving during the meal had run out of steam, she said.

Ms Alexander said that the dinner menu included lots of favourites such as hot and cold meat, new potatoes from the community garden, salads and dessert, including pavlova and ice cream.

There would also be carol singing and crafts.

The dinner will cater for up to 100 people of all ages and is at noon on Christmas day at the St Patrick’s School hall in Cameron St, Waimate.

Ms Alexander said the dinner was for anyone who would be alone or unable to afford festivities.

People could register by calling (03) 689-7390 and leaving a message any time, or could just turn up on the day.

Anyone needing transport to or from the dinner is asked to ring by Wednesday, December 20.