Macarthur charity helps less fortunate enjoy Christmas lunch

Enjoying a hearty Christmas lunch is something everyone should be able to enjoy.

Not-for-profit charity One Meal – It Makes A Difference is teaming up with Outback Steakhouse Leumeah to make sure less fortunate locals enjoy the festive season.

They will host a Christmas lunch for homeless and struggling people throughout the region on Tuesday, December 19.

One Meal founder Paul Mackin said they were expecting about 200 people to attend the event.

“This will be our third year holding the lunch and we are expecting it to be a big one this year,” he said.

“It’s a good chance for people to connect to the community and celebrate Christmas.”

One Meal have also been collecting gifts to hand out on the day.

“We need about 300 gifts catering for children, right through to the elderly,” Mr Mackin said.

“Obviously we want to make sure the kids get a gift first but then everyone else (should get one) because they all deserve a little bit of cheer.”

Mr Mackin said the idea that homeless people didn’t live in Macarthur was untrue.

“The recent rise in electricity costs and the lack of affordable housing makes it difficult for people to get by,” he said.

“In a family household both parents could be working full time to earn a living and they are barely scraping by.

“We do a night service for homeless people who might be living in their cars – it’s tough out there.

“I even know of people whose electricity has been disconnected and they are living without power.”

Mr Mackin said police from Macquarie Fields Local Area Command also helped out at the event.

He said everyone deserved to enjoy the festive season.

“We want to bring people together for Christmas,” he said.

“Give them a chance to forget about the difficult times and focus on getting back on their feet.

“People can come along, make new friends and enjoy some really great food.”

To donate a present for the event, simply drop a wrapped or unwrapped gift off at Bendigo Bank or Argyle Hair in Picton.

There are drop off points in Eagle Vale and Elderslie as well.

Details: facebook.com/onemeal14.