The real meaning for me and many volunteers is to spend some of their Christmas with Newark Salvation Army. We are happy helping people living by themselves or needing a little help like the elderly. Many that do not or can't leave their home get a ride from a volunteer plus a driver that can pick and take them home afterwards.
This year 9:30am The Salvation Army had a 40 minutes service.
There was a special visit just before noon from Newark Town Mayor Councillor Rita Crowe and her consort Councillor Bob Crowe who went around speaking to guests before lunch. Madam Mayor and consort were very helpful by handing out meals.
After lunch we had Christmas carols and a game plus a visit by Father Christmas and everyone got presents. The Salvation Army are grateful to the many volunteers; cooks, kitchen helpers, tea makers and Mayor. Our 50 guest left with an extra pack of tea to take home after the Queen's broadcast.
This is my 7th year as a volunteer. Its all about giving rather than receiving and we gave some 50 guests this year the Christmas spirit of love and sharing.
Laurence Goff St John Ambulance First Aider and volunteer