Christmas lunch a real help for many
Fiona Noack and her three children Jesse, 8, Nicole, 14, and Ashleigh, 9, enjoying the day. Rosie O'Brien
THE Salvation Army's Christmas lunch was in full swing yesterday with more than 100 people attending.
Festivities such as carols, prayer, ginger bread house making, craft and of course a Christmas two-course spread was put on with the help of the Rotary, Bunnings and of course the volunteers.
The brains behind the day, captains Jeff and Sharilyn Bush said the day was a fabulous example of the community spirit.
"There's only about 10% of the people we help throughout the year missing today, so it's a full house," Mr Bush said.
"When you look around the room today there's no squabbling just everyone coming together in Christmas spirit."
For the local Noack family, the Salvation Army has been their saviour this year.
Mrs Noack said that Jeff and the volunteer's generosity of time and necessities is what has got them through.
"I've cried a bit today because it's just amazing what the team does," Mrs Noack said.
"I've suffered from chronic back and neck injuries this year which has meant my husband has had to quit work and become my carer.
"It's been really tough on the family but I know I can count on the Salvos for anything, from a chat when I'm having a bad day to food vouchers and gifts."
Also grateful for the Salvos support are Angi Li and her son Harrison who came to Gladstone from China a couple of years back.
"I started going to the mainly music program ... and I soon found it was a generous and supportive place to come," she said.