City Mission readies for big Christmas

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 05:00 25/12/2013
Maureen McCarthy
John Kirk-Anderson
FESTIVE: Volunteer Maureen McCarthy prepares balloon decorations for the City Mission lunch.
Crusaders set up City Mission marquee
IN ACTION: Dave Hewitt, Crusaders Coach, left, and Seb Siataga, Academy player setting up the City Mission marquee.

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The City Mission is expecting more than 600 guests for Christmas lunch today.

Last night volunteers were decorating a large marquee at Christchurch East School while portaloos were delivered.

This week City Missioner Michael Gorman said the mission had seen an increase in the number of emergency food parcels given to families in the lead up to Christmas.

He said those who joined in the marquee lunch would be treated to some festive fare with treats not normally included in the food parcels such as lemonade, jellies and sweets.

"All children love to have them at a party and the Mission children are no different."

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