Come one, come all
There is plenty of room at the inn this Christmas.
People are encouraged to flock to Timaru's community Christmas dinner on December 25, which has taken two months of careful planning.
Co-organiser Vicki O'Brien said people from far and wide will be welcome on the day, along with those wanting to volunteer.
"We've had a good response, but we can always find jobs for more (volunteers). It's about people not sitting at home on their own," she said, of both diners and volunteers.
The popular event ran into uncertainty in October, but was put back on the agenda thanks to a group of parishioners from the Wilson St Baptist Church. They will host the event at the Caroline Bay Hall from 12pm to 2pm, following a Christmas carol service at the bay, which starts at 11am.
Co-organiser Rebecca Smith said plans were going well, but there was still plenty to do. "Things are starting to come together, but there are a lot of loose ends to tie up."
The group has been overwhelmed by the community support, she said.
"We're heartened by the Christmas spirit. We're looking forward to celebrating Christmas (with people in) Timaru. It's going to be great."
Ms O'Brien said even though times were tough financially, for both individuals and businesses, people had been generous.
Further financial donations would be welcomed by the group to off-set continuing costs, she said.
People can book a table and transport to and from the venue ahead of the dinner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning Vicki on 688 5424 and leaving a message.
The Timaru Herald