THE festive season is all about inclusion and goodwill and that is what the Leeton Community Christmas Lunch is all about every year.
The lunch will again be held on Christmas Day in 2021, albeit with some slight changes due to COVID rules.
While restrictions have now eased, organisers of the lunch decided to stick with the plan to hold the event at the Leeton Jockey Club's outdoor space in case the rules change last minute.
The lunch continues to grow in popularity each year among residents who are home alone, have no family or friends in town or are looking to connect with other residents on the special day.
This year attendees will again be treated to a delicious two-course meal with all of the trimmings.
There will be many volunteers on hand throughout the day to serve, wash up and hand out gifts to all who are there.
While the day itself is special, the lunch has turned into quite the event in helping others.
Fran Artese is one of just a small committee of four who are organising this year's event.
She said the day itself was always festive and fun, but the lead up to it was just as unique.
"I have so many people and organisations wanting to donate money to the day and to the gifts we purchase for things like the Forever Johnno Foundation where we give presents to sick kids in hospital," Ms Artese said.
"We also have people donating to our giving tree at the Golden Apple.
"Those gifts go to people in our community, people who are doing it tough and to our nursing homes as well. We always want to make sure no one is left out."
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Schools in the shire have also been doing their bit, raising money through raffles, while at St Francis students have taken to writing letters to residents in nursing homes and also helping to spruce up a garden area at one facility.
It's not too late to reserve a spot at the table for the community Christmas lunch, but people must do so by Monday for catering purposes.
Message the Facebook page or RSVP at the Leeton Community Op Shop or St Vincent de Paul.
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