A couple years ago, I heard mentioned on the news about community Xmas lunch offered to anyone who wanted to go along & enjoy a meal with others , no questions asked. It may have been the Salvos, but the one I heard of was in Sydney. I discovered that the Salvos do something like that here in Brisbane, as does the Anglican Church. The place where the Anglican Church was to have theirs was easier for me to get to, so that's where I went.
Actually, that was 2018, now I think of it.
I tried to persuade my neighbour to come with me, using the lure of it all being free. But no good. I haven't figured out quite why, but he'd rather sit & complain about not meeting people, or having people to talk to, than come out & meet & talk to people, even for a lunch.
So I went anyway, even though I was nervous. That year I was feeling I just needed to get out of my flat, & that I also wanted to shake off some of my own misery. I achieved more than that, realising the people there, needed the company of others too. We were helping each other as well as helping ourselves. & there were possibly 150 people there (I asked). The volunteers that day were great, even giving one person some of the large prawns to tak e for the cats the person said they had. They accepted the person was being honest, & just gave the prawns. No questions raised. (except by someone else as the table I was at). Someone else took all the table ornaments & lollies. A couple began trying to argue with them, but their was a language barrier.
I sat back, & wondering why would someone feel a need to take all the tabel ornaments & all the lollies like that? & I had a sudden thought about it: for whatever reason, they needed to, & that was what was important. Besides, what harm was there? I felt no harm, no sense that I was being deprived or anything. The people arguing were more disturbing to me, if anything was.
Then they gave us all large bags of goodies, & I mentioned my neighbour,& they gave me another lunch & bag to take home to him.
So 2019, a few days after I'd fallen over at my PDr's place, I went again. There were some Xmas Carols, with a big screen, but I still couldn't read the words they put up, karaoke style.
But last year they didn't do it there, & the alternate location was further away. OUtdoors, though. This year, I thought, it's unlikely, I'd be going out, & so it was. When I'd phone they really were unsure they'd be doing a lunch this year anyway.