Nothing says community like a big Christmas lunch open to all.
Christmas For Those Alone is holding its 18th consecutive free lunch this year.
Committee member Deb Myers will attend the lunch for the first time this year as a way of helping to create a place for those who do not have company to gather together.
‘‘Christmas For Those Alone provides Christmas lunch for anyone out there in our community that might be alone or might not have someone to spend christmas with,’’ Ms Myers said.
‘‘It’s not open to just a specific group of people — It’s open to anyone and everyone.’’
Ms Myers said the event, which had grown bigger each year, had been made possible by the generosity of many Shepparton businesses and individuals.
‘‘We’ve got some major sponsors and a lot of amazing people out in our community that donate goods and money — it is great to have that support.’’
She said the volunteers played an equally major role in keeping the event running.
‘‘Our lovely volunteers that come and help us year in year out are just amazing,’’ she said.
Ms Myers said with more than 350 people expected to attend this year’s lunch, more volunteers were encouraged to get involved.
She said as a way of making sure community members who wished to attend could do so, transportation would also be available.
The Christmas For Those Alone Lunch will be held from 11am to 2pm at the McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds.
To inquire about transportation, phone 0408970873.
To become a volunteer or for more details, phone 0417349449. Bookings for the lunch are not required.