Christmas meal initiatives for people in need


Volunteers worked throughout Christmas Day to bring festive joy to those most in need.

number of initiatives aimed at providing a Christmas lunch as well as helping parents give gifts to their children.

Hundreds of toys were distributed by volunteers.

At the People’s Kitchen in Belfast, prep work had been going on since Christmas Eve to prepare hundreds of dinners.

Coordinator Paul McCusker described a busy night on the streets of Northern Ireland’s capital, with reports of around 20 people sleeping rough.

He called the situation unacceptable.

The Simon community was also making efforts, aided by Brewery owner Bengal Luthfur Ahmed, who was forced to cancel his annual festive tradition of opening for Christmas lunch due to the growing number of Covid-19 cases.

Instead, he provided Bangladeshi take-out food to the Foyer, run by the Simon community, to continue helping those in need.


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