Free dinner for those alone on Christmas

Published Monday, 23 December 2013
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A south Belfast church and café are teaming up for the seventh year running to provide a free turkey dinner and plenty of craic to anyone down on their luck or simply facing Christmas Day alone.

Free dinner for those alone on Christmas
Christmas dinner will be provided free for those in need or alone. (© Common Grounds)

Volunteers from City Church Belfast and Common Grounds café are working to provide the festive meal, having served around 80 people on 25 December last year.

According to organiser Phil King, it may be the seventh year, but everyone is just as excited as ever.

"There are some people in Belfast who may be on their own at Christmas for different reasons. We usually have a mix of nationalities with refugees, asylum seekers, and other people who are new to Belfast," he said.

"Local residents, some people from the Simon community, several City Church families, and a few community volunteers also come along."

The event has been well supported by the wider community, with a local business donating some food free of charge and members of the public offering their time to help out.

We always have plenty of craic!

Phil King, organiser

As well as cooking a traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings, a halal option will also be provided for members of the Islamic community.

"This really is an expression of the true spirit of Christmas," said Damian Wharton, team leader at City Church Belfast, said.

"It's heart-warming to see so many different people coming together to help those who are less fortunate or alone.

"We know that many people are finding it a struggle to survive, and Christmas can be a difficult time if you're on your own.

"This is just one simple way of showing that people do care and that there is hope."

The meal will be served on Christmas Day from 12pm until 3pm in Common Grounds café at University Avenue in Belfast.

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Comments Comments
great people in ards wrote (114 days ago):
its great that people care for other people who need help, in these days of greed and evil what a lovely story, I am not good living but I have the upmost respect for these people who give up their time for such work, god bless you all.
Frosty in Here wrote (114 days ago):
@Toran Cana, God forbid that people who do things out of the godness of their hearts should dare to try to teach others about why they are so generous or about the joys of giving and goodwill. Perhaps it might explain why you are alone?
Colin in Holywood wrote (114 days ago):
Common Grounds; a place I have gathered for many years. Good place, good people and excellent carrot cake.
Sandra in New York wrote (114 days ago):
Toron Cana Your post reminds me of the old phrase. "Bah - Humbug" BTW The term "Xmas" is an archiac expression and used by those without any knowledge of correctness
toron cana in belfast wrote (116 days ago):
im glad that there is someone out there that is willing to provide a meal to someone on there own at xmas. as i live on my own and know how lonely it can be. but i would never attend anything like this as religous organisations dont do these things out of the goodness of there hearts. they only do these things so they can get people in so they can preach to them or turn them christian. and there is no xmas spirit or true meaning of xmas involved. because if there was they would do these things out of the goodness of there hearts without looking for anything in return.
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