CHRISTMAS CHEER: South Burnett Salvation Army officer Kylie Birch is helping spread the Christmas spirit.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: South Burnett Salvation Army officer Kylie Birch is helping spread the Christmas spirit. Claudia Williams

It takes an army to make Christmas lunch

CHRISTMAS is a time for the community to come together and celebrate and that is exactly what the Salvation Army's annual Christmas lunch is all about.

It is a true community effort in the South Burnett to make Christmas special for all, with volunteers donating their time and businesses donating goods, to bring joy to those who are less fortunate.

This year's lunch on Christmas Day will be the seventh for South Burnett Salvation Army officer Kylie Birch and each year she is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.

"It is a great atmosphere, you have got the volunteers who are happy to be there and they are wanting to make a difference and be part of that environment and everyone is talking at the tables,” she said.

"People are very thankful for what they get, they don't expect it to be so large, which is just fantastic, it is so lovely to see people's smiles and know you are doing a great thing.”

The organisers take no shortcuts in organising a full Christmas lunch, which caters for up to 130 people, with ham donated by Swickers as well as beef and turkey.

For dessert guests have the choice of trifle donated by Quota and puddings gifted by the Lions club.

The feast is enjoyed at the SBCare Hall, which is provided free of charge.

The lunch will start from 11.30am and while no one will be turned away on the day, booking are appreciated on 4162 9000.

"Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas,” Ms Birch said.

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