Sadly, we’ve had to cancel the Kinship At Christmas lunch this year.

Sadly, due to Covid-19 social distancing rules and changes to food preparation protocols, we have had to cancel our Blackheath free Christmas Day lunch this year.

It was to be our 21st year. We have had to make the decision reluctantly and we understand that some people will be disappointed. However, we have always operated under strict adherence to community health and safety regulations and in the best interests of the community; the health and safety of our guests and volunteers is paramount.

For lower Blue Mountains residents, there will be two smaller lunches operating by another group; to attend these lunches you must make a booking. Please call Christine Kelly on 0433 334 166 for further information.

Kinship is still giving gifts to aged care residents in the Blue Mountains; sadly, we won’t be able to visit the residents but just drop off the gifts to the facilities. We’ve been able to continue this tradition through a generous community grant given to us by the Blue Mountains City Council.

Kinship will be back with our free lunch next year. Christmas 2021 will be Covid-19 free – until then, stay safe and have the happiest Christmas that you can have.

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 6th 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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No one should spend Christmas day alone

IT’S OUR 20TH BIRTHDAY!

2019 will be the 20th year of the Kinship At Christmas Foundation. That’s quite an achievement.

Formed by Brian & Liz Edmonds in 1999, Kinship At Christmas has served over 10,000 Christmas Day lunches over the past 20 years. With its first few years at Katoomba, and a few years at Windsor too, Kinship At Christmas 2019 will be held at the Blackheath Community Centre, the Blaxland Community Centre – and also at our third venue, the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre.

Kinship At Christmas relies upon the generosity of many volunteers, and also local businesses and organisations and individuals.

The great thing about Kinship At Christmas is that its doors are open for everyone – young, old, locals, visitors – everyone is welcome. It’s also free – no cost – and no strings, we are a very small, one-purpose charity that is not affiliated with any religious or other organisation.

So, if you know anyone who would otherwise spend Christmas Day alone or you want to volunteer, or even if you want to get away from your relatives for a few hours, come on up to Blackheath and enjoy good company and good food and participate in the spirit of Christmas.

Hello and welcome to the Kinship At Christmas Foundation webpage

 

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. We continue our one-day-a-year activity through the kind donations of businesses, 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. If you know anyone who may want some company on Christmas Day, please let them know about us.

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