Don’t Be Alone On Christmas Day

Given everything going on, it may be difficult to feel festive this year but
Access and The Salvation Army in Woodbridge plan to bring a little bit of
kindness and festivity to town with their annual Christmas dinner event.


Of course, with the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, the charity is taking all
necessary precautions to ensure the safety of guests and volunteers so that
all involved can pull on their paper hats without worrying too much.


Corps Officer Major Alan Hill said: “We normally use the hall in New Street
but because of Covid-19 we are using the Woodbridge Community Centre as
it gives us more room for social distancing, enabling us to make sure that
Covid-19 rules are maintained. We don’t want anyone to worry about safety
so they can enjoy themselves.”


On top of these changes, it is essential to book your place at the dining table
in advance so that the charity can keep track of how many people attend
for safety reasons. Though, as Alan states: “If one person turns up then it’s
worthwhile”.


Guests are invited to Woodbridge Community Centre from 12.30 for 1pm.
This year’s meal will include leek and potato soup, a traditional turkey
dinner, Christmas pudding or gateaux and tea or coffee and a mince pie,
all contributed by Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal with any extras
purchased by The Salvation Army themselves.


Everyone who attends will leave with full bellies and a Christmas gift, ensuring everyone gets something special to celebrate this year.


The Salvation Army also runs a food bank and have been sending off food
parcels throughout lockdown and vow to continue to do so, no matter what,
for those in need.


Alan has been a commissioned officer for The Salvation Army since 1989 and has been helping homeless people over Christmas and Boxing Day ever since he was first commissioned.


Although the safety of Christmas is up in the frosty air, Alan assures us that
we must keep our spirits up and Christmas songs at the ready:


“I run these meals to bring some good tidings to those who would be
on their own during this time. I allow families, couples, and singles, all sorts. I had a couple ask if they could attend one year. The wife said that I have sat across from my husband every day for the last five years it would be nice to see another face!”


Why not don a red cloak and become Santa Claus for a night by dropping
off some perfectly wrapped gifts on the charity’s doorstep for those in need
to enjoy this Christmas?

To get involved with donating to the Salvation Army, or to book your slot for the Christmas dinner, be sure to head down to The Salvation Army, New Street, Woodbridge IP12 1DT or phone 07562 007125

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