Making Christmas special

Twice a week, needy Naruna Estate residents receive a meal from the residents’ association’s feeding scheme. From left, are Teresa Koch, Hester Mert, Christine Tabraham, Allison Kay and Gary Adams. Photograph: supplied

The Naruna Estate Residents’ Association is planning a Christmas party for less fortunate residents on Saturday December 16 and is appealing for public support.

Three years ago, Naruna Estate residents Beverley Strong and Yvonne Maddock started feeding about 20 people.

“When Covid hit, as the need was so great, we each cooked a pot of food on our own stoves each Sunday, and it just grew and grew as the word spread in our community to where we are now feeding almost 150 people twice a week from my driveway at 33 Coombe Road,” Ms Strong said.

The feeding scheme now serves sandwiches on Thursday evenings and a cooked meal on Sundays.

According to Ms Strong, the community of mostly pensioners and grant recipients has grown increasingly dependent on the meals.

“We are faced with a huge challenge to continue and simply cannot without support from the general public and local business so we are appealing to the public to consider donating whatever they are able to as we would also like to do something special for our seniors and children this Christmas,” Ms Strong said.

The association is asking the public to donate school stationery instead of toys for the children and packets of biscuits, sweets or fruit would be welcomed by seniors.

Contact Ms Strong at 074 341 8252.