Topic: Christmas

Xmas cheer for Napier’s homeless

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

Streets around Clive Square in Napier were shut down today to host more than 300 people in a special alfresco Christmas dinner.

Local charity organisation Limitless Hope aims to spread Christmas cheer for the less fortunate.

A small army of volunteers were joined by local businesses - all working together to make this outdoor dining experience a success.

Volunteer Teilah Ferguson says, “I feel like it's such a good cause, it's not like I'm doing anything else tonight and it's good to help out with all these people that won't get the opportunity on Christmas.”

The guests were treated to a fully catered dinner with all the trimmings.

Howard McGuire is another volunteer. “Tonight we've had a selection of turkey, pork, ham, roast pork. We've just had an arrival of roast beef, kumara, potatoes, salads. You name it we've pretty much had it.”

There was free candy floss, waffles and even hairdressers getting out their scissors. Juliet Edwards of The Hairdressing says, “I haven't had my hair done in like two years, and this feels absolutely divine, I've been blessed, thank you.”

Through their charity Limitless Hope Kevin and Kiri Swannell feed the needy every Monday and wanted to put this special dinner on for them as an extra.

Kevin Swannel says, “I think it's a great opportunity for the homeless guys that we're working with to engage with the wider community to build some relationships there.”

Its relationship building the Swannell's hope will last as they look to continue their work with the rough sleepers into next year.

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