Christmas 2014 was another great time for our friends at The Dish. Christmas gifts from many sources (both organisations and individuals) were handed out at most of the gatherings during December – with schools preparing over the months before. A Year 8 student from a Wahroonga family offered to put together the hampers for Friday’s session on Boxing Day.

As part of his Duke of Edinburgh Service of the Bronze Division he spent one day gathering items from our store of gifts, allocating items for each recipient, others specially wrapped by members of the North Sydney Inner Wheel. Individual cards for each person were written and included in their pack. A photo of our friends receiving their gifts shows their appreciation! Canned food, gathered from Bendigo Bank’s Turramurra branch were included in these packs, as well as hygiene bags including necessities.

Festive food of turkey, ham and plum pudding with custard and ice cream topped their Christmas meal.

The Dish has now been operating for eleven years and the numbers that come for a meal have increased. Over ten persons have been housed by Housing New South Wales this year within and without the Hornsby area, following two “Meet and Greet” sessions for morning tea/lunch held in Hornsby and Brooklyn Parks respectively. Some of the folk of those areas have learnt of the presence of The Dish here in Hornsby and are now regular visitors for a meal.

We are indebted to many, many people for their support in keeping this community project running.