Two friends are setting up a Christmas club in Stowmarket – and are desperate for volunteers to lend a hand.
ASDA employees – and community life champions – Michelle Frost and Jill Roberts aim to offer residents who may be spending the day on their own a place to meet people, have a Christmas dinner and join in with the festive fun.
The pair have secured the town’s United Reformed Church for a venue but are keen to get others involved to kickstart the project.
Michelle said: “At the moment we are calling it ‘Operation Christmas’.
“We need all sorts of volunteers to help get it started.
“We need drivers to pick people up and take them home, we need cooks, washers up, table buddies and entertainers.”
The pair plan to cook a three course meal for those who attend as well as giving each of them a Christmas present.
Michelle said the idea was to create a Christmas experience for young and old, a place for people to celebrate the day.
“We don’t want people to just eat their dinner and leave – we plan to have board games, cards, entertainment, too,” she said.
“We want it to be like it is at home after eating your Christmas dinner – but without the nap.”
The pair were inspired to set up the project after working on the Bury St Edmunds Gatehouse project.
“Michelle said: “I have volunteered for the Gatehouse Christmas Day lunch for the past four years.
“We were discussing at Christmas whether there was anything like it in Stowmarket.
“So I said jokingly ‘why don’t we do our own next year’ and it has picked up pace since.”
As well as volunteers, Michelle and Jill say they need people to donate things like table cloths, napkins and Christmas crackers as well as cash to spend on presents and food.
If you would like to volunteer or donate towards Operation Christmas, call Michelle on 07824 637635.