Organisers of the annual Christmas luncheon held for the ninth consecutive year this year, will be serving a free Christmas meal with all the trimmings, starting at 12 noon today Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church on King Street.

A spokesperson said: “While going without basic necessities such as food, is a serious issue throughout the year, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for those families who don’t have much, single parents, the homeless and all that are in need.

“With this in mind, as in years past, a Christmas lunch, will be served at the at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in the heart of the City of Hamilton.

“This will be the ninth consecutive year, the church will be continuing its commitment to the community…by hosting a traditional Christmas meal, for those who may not be able to afford food to eat, let alone on Christmas day.

“As in the past number of years, the event is co-sponsored by Global Atlantic Re Ltd., which the church is truly blessed, honored, appreciative, and immensely grateful for their undying support of this initiative.

“The traditional Christmas menu is prepared by the church and will consist of roasted turkey, with all the trimmings and accompaniments, an assortment of side dishes, along with vegetarian options, as well as an array of holiday desserts. The meal will be served by volunteers, inclusive of the Global Atlantic Re team, who come with their families and friends, to serve and assist in any way that they are able to.

“With the current state of the economy, and folks continuing to find themselves unemployed, the numbers grow from year to year. Additionally, for the past couple of years the church has provided meals for various Bermuda Government shift workers such as the Bermuda Police Service, The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS], the Emergency Medical Technician [EMT], King Edward Memorial Hospital staff, The Department of Public Transportation, and others.

“This is the spirit of Christmas and we are so blessed!! The church has a responsibility to the community, particularly during this special time of year. We worship and serve a loving God, who He has mandated us to help our fellow man and what better day and time then Christmas. So, please come and join us as we celebrate the season of giving!!!

“The luncheon will be held on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th from 12 pm – 3pm, at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Youth Centre, located at 43 King Street. Volunteers are welcomed. The church office can be contacted by dialing 292-4276.”