Christmas dinner came with a twist





The annual Te Puke Baptist Church Christmas meal took on a different twist last year. Instead of the normal sit down, midday meal, a team of people prepared a feast for those in the community who found themselves either alone or unable to provide for themselves. Thirty volunteers prepared the meal of ham, chicken, an assortment of salads, desserts and other Christmas treats over the two days prior to Christmas. This was then bagged and stored until the morning of pick up in a freezer donated by Dobson’s Refrigeration . With each bag containing enough for four, 200 were fed. “The whole system worked really well,” said pastor Ross Banbury, “with people driving for contactless pick up under the drive through at the church. “It was wonderful to see the faces of those who received the bags and to experience their appreciation. “A big thank you and shout out goes to people in the church and community who sent in donations of cash, New World gift cards, hams, tins of fruit salad, boxes of chocolates, bottles of grape juice and, to The Daily cafe for providing containers and tins of beetroot and New World for donating the 50 red shopping bags.”