Kinship At Christmas 2019: Celebrating 20 years! Now at 3 locations!

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation is back again this year, celebrating our 20th birthday with three Blue Mountains locations; Blackheath, Blaxland and now at Lawson. It’s our 20th continuous year of providing our Free Christmas Day Lunch!

Our third venue will be the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, New Street Lawson. Now, the Upper Blue Mountains, Mid Mountains and Lower Blue Mountains will have venues for a free Christmas Day lunch and good company for those who may find themselves alone on Christmas Day.

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a free Christmas Lunch each year for people in the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas.

We are not affiliated with any religious or other organisation, so you won’t be preached at or asked to join anything. You’ll simply be given courtesy, respect, a great meal and good company – all at no cost. Yes, no cost – no strings. We continue our one-day-a-year activity through the kind donations of local businesses, the Blue Mountains City Council, the efforts of great volunteers and the interaction of the community. We operate for the community by the community.

Our primary goal is to provide a place for people to enjoy a great Christmas lunch. No one should spend Christmas day alone. For many people, Christmas Day can be the most lonely and isolating day of the year. It shouldn’t be like that. Our Christmas day lunch is free and open to everyone! Poor, rich, single, families, locals, visitors, you name it, our doors are open to anyone who wants to share the spirit of Christmas. Bring some family or friends or meet some new ones – it is up to you.

Christmas Day 2019 is the 20th year that Kinship has been operating. The lunches will be held at

  • The Blackheath Community Centre, corner of Great Western Highway & Gardiners Cres Blackheath.

Doors open at 1030am (enjoy a nice Christmas morning tea) and lunch is served from 12 noon to 2pm.

  • The Blaxland Community Centre, 33 Hope Street Blaxland.

Doors open at 10:30 am with Christmas Morning Tea, with lunch to be served from 12 noon to 2pm.

  • The Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 9 New Street Lawson

Doors open at 10:30 am with Christmas Morning Tea, with lunch to be served from 12 noon to 2pm.

Come along if you can. If transportation is a problem for you, please email us at mail@kinshipatchristmas.com.au and we’ll book you in to be picked up by our free shuttle. The bus will do a run from Glenbrook to Blackheath in the morning and back down the hill in the afternoon.

If you’d like to volunteer, send us an email at volunteer@kinshipatchristmas.com.au. We’d love to hear from you.

On behalf of the whole organisation and all its great volunteers, I’d like to invite you to come along and share the community spirit and our 20th birthday!

Merry Christmas,

Mark Ptolemy, Chairman, Kinship At Christmas Foundation

We Do More Than Just Christmas Lunch….

The Kinship At Christmas Gift Giving Program:

Now in its 5th year, the Kinship At Christmas Gift Giving Program is once again ready to spread happiness among residents of Aged Care Facilities in the Blue Mountains.

The brainchild of Kinship at Christmas Director Roxanne Wilshire, the Gift Giving Program has been assisted with a grant from the Blue Mountains City Council Community Grants Program.

The aim of the Gift Giving Program is to bring a a smile to the faces of residents of Blue Mountains Aged Care facilities. Many residents are frail aged people who find it difficult to make it to our Kinship Lunches, so we go to them with small gifts and a bit of Christmas cheer. It is a real honour to meet some of our oldest local citizens.

If you would like to volunteer to come along on our planned gift giving visits, please contact us.

Kinship At Christmas Gifts to Women on the Land.

Recently, with support from the great people at Family First Credit Union at Lithgow we began our inaugural Gift Giving to Women on the Land; this is our way of recognising and appreciating the wives and mums who live on the land in the Central West who’ve had a rough couple of years.

This is another great idea from Roxanne Wilshire and we hope this can be the first year of many years of this initiative.

 

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Our volunteers make it all happen!

 

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