Volunteers help those in need have a happy Christmas
- Credit: Archant
Christmas is a time for giving and goodwill to all.
And this traditional spirit was alive and well for all to see at the Salvation Army citadel, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft on Christmas day- as more than 100 people enjoyed Christmas day lunch, service and festive entertainment.
The annual event brought comfort and companionship to the vulnerable members of the community, as Salvation Army representatives thanked volunteers, donors and businesses of Lowestoft who came together to make it happen.
Church leader Lieutenant Adrian Allen said: 'We are really grateful to the public, businesses and firms of Lowestoft for their generosity this year. They have been so wonderful to us and thank you to our volunteers who make this happen.'
He added: 'Success for us is defined in terms of smiles on faces and there have been plenty of happy faces to see.'
Attendees ranging in age from 30 to more than 60-years-old enjoyed a Christmas lunch complete with traditional trimmings and Christmas crackers as well as entertainment and receiving gift sets consisting of food and practical items such as toiletries.
One attendee said: 'People who come here may not have friends and family to spend Christmas with but they can come in and meet people in what is a really happy place to be.
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'They do not discriminate against anyone, the volunteers always try their best to help and I think they all deserve a medal for what they do for people.'
A particular highlight on the day was a singing performance from Marina Theatre pantomime favourite- Terry Gleed, which brought festive cheer to all.
Lisa King, co-ordinator for the Christmas lunch, said: 'Preparation for today started about October time this year but it is all worth it. I think it is the best thing about Christmas, seeing everybody celebrating together and interacting with each other.'