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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Christmas spirit has been out in full force in Lowestoft after nearly 100 people were given a festive boost thanks to the town’s Salvation Army and generous donors from across Waveney.
Christmas Day saw 90 people tuck into free turkey with all the trimmings at the Salvation Army’s base at the Citadel in Battery Green Road.
And as part of the Salvation Army’s long running Christmas Alone event, the homeless, elderly people living on their own and individuals and families in need who attended also enjoyed games, dancing, singing and a goody bag as they shared the seasonal spirit.
The free event has been running at the Citadel for more than 30 years and as with other years, people and businesses across Waveney have rallied in support of the Salvation Army by providing donations, from 10 turkeys and Brussels sprouts to 100 bags of fudge and tickets to Pleasurewood Hills.
Lisa King, who has been a member of the Citadel for two years, has been organising the event since October.
She said: “I reckon we had 90 people here today and there were 20 volunteers who were just all amazing and worked jolly hard.
“As well as the meal there was bingo, carols, dancing and singing, a hokey cokey, games, quizzes, cracker jokes and drawings.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support for the community, from supermarkets to individuals, such as the woman who gave 100 bags of fudge.
“Everybody has just been wonderful.”
Explaining the ethos behind the Christmas Day event, Miss King said: “You don’t want to see anyone at home alone on Christmas Day, You must not forget it can be a very sad, hard and lonely day for some people.
“That is why we open our doors to everyone to offer them fellowship on Christmas Day - it is what Jesus would have done as well.”