Havannah House continues Christmas lunch tradition, can you help?

Volunteers hard at working serving Christmas dinner through Havannah House's annual effort.

Volunteers hard at working serving Christmas dinner through Havannah House's annual effort.

Others might be winding down but the team at Havannah House is still gearing up towards Christmas Day.

The Forbes-based organisation traditionally hosts Christmas lunch for anyone who would go without or be alone on December 25.

With the current COVID situation the decision has been made to - as with last year - deliver lunches in both Parkes and Forbes.

But they're still in need of volunteer drivers and delivery assistants for the big day.

George Barnes, who with his wife Ruth and her parents has been part of Havannah House for years now, says they'd welcome the extra hands.

Last year they delivered more than 250 meals. This year they've had more than 170 people register, and they're appealing to anyone else who'd like to be included to contact them by Thursday.

Please reach out to Havannah House on 02 6852 1366 if you can help or if you would like to be included in their Christmas Day run.

George says the annual effort started - and continues - because they don't want anyone to spend the day alone or go without.

"Knocking on someone's door, giving them a baked meal and a gift ... the look on their face is priceless," he said.

"The fact we can now spread the love in Parkes as well is awesome."

This year they've had some fantastic support from local businesses.

Northparkes Mine, McFeeters Motor Museum and Forbes' NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show have contributed.

The staff at Bunnings ran a giving tree with a focus on teen gifts, and the Salvation Army helped with children's gifts.

Long term, they hope to have Christmas dinners back in person in both Forbes and Parkes in future and they'd love to hear from Parkes organisations keen to be part of it.