WHEN three people without anywhere to go on Christmas Day came knocking, little did Max and Karen Davies know that their generosity and big hearts would evolve into one special community event.
A food hamper filled with love on that day became what we now know as Christmas on the Beach 12 years later – a community event on December 25 on Town Beach providing a hot meal and friendly smile for those without a home or anyone to share Christmas with.
Last year, a troupe of volunteers fed more than 600 people in what is an astonishing display of community spirit for those who need it most.
And now, this special event needs your help.
Pastor Philip Brown of Port City Church, host of Christmas on the Beach, is making a plea to the Hastings community for a dedicated group or organisation to take over this event, with age and illness impacting on the small organising group’s capacity to continue.
“We have been running Christmas on the Beach for over 12 years,” Pastor Brown explained.
“During that time we’ve seen it grow from humble beginnings from Max and Karen Davies’ home and then to Town Beach where people who are lonely, or just want to be with others, can come at no cost to enjoy Christmas Day food in a family environment.”
Last year, the event was run by more than 200 volunteers and fed over 600 people. Over the last decade, thousands have been touch by the generosity of local businesses and organisations who donate food, goods and time to make the event happen.
“Every year budget costs have been met and last year, a small deficit was met by Port City Church,” Pastor Brown said.
“We are so appreciative of the the huge amount of community support we receive to make this possible over the years and we say thank you and well done.
“A number of our key people can no longer continue this community service. We are mindful there will be people affected by this change and we have not made this decision lightly.
“We are making a plea to another community group to take on this cause and we are keen to hear from anyone who might be interested.
“We are willing to pass on all of our knowledge we have gained over the years to assist.”
Any business or organisation interested in continuing Christmas on the Beach can call Pastor Brown on 6584 6570 or drop into the church office at 40 Munster Street, Port Macquarie.