Feeding Friends prepare for Christmas Luncheon amid strong community support.

While families around Broken Hill will celebrate Christmas on Monday, those doing it tough will also be able to celebrate amongst friends at the local Christmas luncheon, held jointly by the Salvation Army and Feeding Friends.

The luncheon will be held on Monday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall, 196 Wolfram Street, and RSVPs are requested by today by contacting 08 8087 5114 for catering purposes.

Leading into the luncheon, Feeding Friends and the Salvation Army have been blown away by the significant amount of donations received by local individuals and businesses.

Donations from the Far West Local Health District, Wade Stephens Security, Share the Dignity, Hillside Service Station, Fresh Pizza Broken Hill, and even the Country Women’s Association Broken Hill branch, have ensured those doing it tough will be well cared for both on Christmas day, and on the days leading up to Christmas.

Feeding Friends, over recent weeks, have donated goods to the homeless, a pre-school, Corrective Services, the maternity ward, and a local high school, through the donations they have received since their October fundraiser.

“Feeding Friends was delighted to once again receive assistance from Share The Dignity to help and assist Women, Teens, and Mums and Bubs, through the ‘It’s in the bag’ project,” Feeding Friends co-founder Kellie Novello told the Truth.

“We were able to help our homeless clients as well [as] Department of Correctional Services, School teens, a preschool, along with the Maternity unit at our local hospital. This wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of Amanda and Leni Murray, who delivered these items throughout our community,” Ms Novello added.

Mrs Murray echoed Ms Novello’s comments, simply noting that she was “happy to help our community members in need this time of year.”

This was the second time Share the Dignity had supported Feeding Friends; they have donated a crate of feminine hygiene products for those experiencing period poverty in the past.

“It is very important to understand that no women, teen, or someone who menstruates, goes without assistance, and suffers embarrassment. Feeding Friends is all about helping those who cannot help themselves and that is our goal,” Ms Novello concluded.

Feeding Friends are still accepting donations ahead of the Christmas Luncheon, and donations can be made by contacting Mr Barron or Ms Novello on the Feeding Friends Facebook Page or by calling 0498 953 784.

PICTURE: From left- Kellie Novello and Hazel Barron are accepting donations for Feeding Friends ahead of Christmas. SUPPLIED

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