Christmas feast is on the house
Friday, 19th December, 2014
By Erica Visser
That special time of year has rolled around again, but it won’t be merry for those who can’t afford to eat.
In the spirit of Christmas local businesswoman Carrie Oakley plans to do something to help.
The owner of Argent Street’s Hungry Jacks restaurant will hold a dinner on Christmas eve for all the children in town who otherwise couldn’t celebrate.
“I can think of nothing worse than a child not even being able to celebrate Christmas,” Ms Oakley said.
“I personally know somebody who is unable to buy presents for her kids this year because it’s a tough time at the moment. Fast food’s gone up, shopping’s gone up, electricity’s gone up.
“This isn’t an advertising thing. It’s really from the heart.”
Ms Oakley said she’d already had some interest in the dinner where she would serve fast food at the restaurant’s playground and also supply free vouchers.
“I’ve had five people that have donated their names which of course are staying confidential. I’m looking at getting about 20.
“I’m even happy to deliver meals to them or provide food for elderly people who can’t afford it.
“I just want everyone to have a happy Christmas. Basically I want people to know that there’s no reason to be ashamed.”
If you’re struggling this Christmas or know somebody who is, call Carrie Oakley on 0412 689 719 or inbox her on Facebook.