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by Claire Allison

Places are filling fast for Timaru’s community Christmas dinner and the quest is now on to secure donations to ensure diners are well fed.

Organiser Melissa Brennan said about 175 people had already booked for the dinner, and while there was still capacity, it was important people booked a space.

“A lot of people – volunteers and guests – have been coming for the past five years. And if anyone has booked and their plans change, please let us know. We don’t want to turn people away if we don’t have to.”

The organising committee was now focused on sourcing donations towards the meal. The list of needs included meat, as well as extras like orange juice and lemonade, and even the boxes of chocolates given to the volunteers. Cash donations were also welcome.

“We’re able to accept donations of meats from now on, as we have chiller space organised.”

Ms Brennan said the committee had booked a van but was hoping a community group or business might be able to offer a second vehicle.

There had been a good response to the call for volunteers, but there was still a need for people to help with the clean-up – perhaps a community or family group.

“We’re calling on the community to make sure it’s as good as it has always been. This is an event for everybody. It’s about making sure no-one has to be alone on Christmas Day.”

People wishing to give food or funds, or to volunteer or book can contact Melissa Brennan on 20407-3351, or (03)684 4410. The committee has a Facebook page, Timaru Community Christmas Dinner 2018, and bookings can be made by emailing timaru.ccd.bookings@gmail.com.