Community pulls together for special Christmas dinner

20151205- St James's Christmas Dinner 'Pictured left to right at St. James Church, Stonehaven are Matthew Mallon, Gregor Waite, vestry member David Fleming and Scott Reid. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

20151205- St James's Christmas Dinner 'Pictured left to right at St. James Church, Stonehaven are Matthew Mallon, Gregor Waite, vestry member David Fleming and Scott Reid. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

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Members of the local community in Stonehaven have been pitching in to help make possible the kind hearted idea of one local man.

Scott Reid, who says he can’t stand the idea of people spending Christmas alone, has been at the forefront of organising a special Christmas dinner for anyone in want of good company this December 25.

Speaking to the Leader, Scott said: “I’ve never liked the thought of people feeling lonely, especially at this time of year.

“I have always been lucky that I have been surrounded by friends and family when we sit down to eat on Christmas day.

“Like me all through the country and world families and friends welcome each other into homes or restaurants and sit down to enjoy a traditional feast.

“There are however others, ones who on Christmas day will get no visitors. They will sit at home just like every other day with no company and no contact with the outside world.

“It is crazy that as technology improves connectivity there are still millions who feel the pang of loneliness.

“The older I get the more I have realised that Christmas isn’t in the presents you receive or even the ones you give but instead it’s the who you spend it with.

“It is my plan to put on a Christmas lunch for those in the local area that do not have anyone to sit and eat with. Just a couple of hours where we bring the traditions of Christmas to them, where they get the opportunity to eat, laugh and love Christmas Day again.”

Since trying to get his idea of the ground, support from local businesses has come flowing in.

McHardy’s the butcher have offered to donate the Turkey, while the CO-OP are giving £100 worth of food and Aunt Betty’s will provide Ice Cream for pudding.

Many other businesses have also offered to donate food and money to the cause including St James’s Church who are providing their hall to host the meal for free.

Scott continued: “Although I only put the idea out on social media last Thursday night the response from the community has already been tremendous.

“However its individuals that have offered up help in various ways, whether help with cooking, transport, serving on the day or donations to the cause that will help us achieve our goal - The community have really pulled together.

“What we really need to do now is to find people that may wish to attend or people that know someone they may think would like to attend.

“We will be putting out posters in local shops with how to nominate yourself or anyone you may know.

“If people wish to do that they can either phone 07841434470 leaving a message or send an email to stoneycares@outlook.com.

“The hall we are using does have a capacity and we are hoping to confirm numbers by the December 18 so we can organise how much food etc we need.

“If someone wishes to nominate themselves or others if they could let us know the person’s name, address and contact details if known.”