The holiday season can always be difficult for society's most vulnerable individuals, but the onslaught of COVID-19 is making things more difficult than ever according to Dubbo's Meals on Wheels team.
"There is a small likelihood that borders probably won't be open, which is a terrible thought, but it is a possibility, with that in mind, we've got several clients that have relatives in Queensand and they haven't seen them for six months," Manager Peter English said.
"It's a very real possibility that our clients may have a lonely Christmas."
To that end, the statewide organisation, and Dubbo's local branch, are both urging those with a generous inclination to donate to the service to ensure their work can continue throughout the holiday period.
Those interested in helping out can either make a tax deductible donation online or call the charity on 6882 4083 to volunteer to help out.
"There are a lot of ways to help out, if people do want to donate, we'd be very happy to put it to use."
The state organisation throughout NSW will be hosting a dollar for dollar donation drive on Monday, and while their support has enabled Meals on Wheels Dubbo to continue functioning, there's no guarantee that contributions made there will find their way back to the local level.
"We can receive donations of money from the general public which we can then use to help some clients that may be doing it a little tough lately," Mr English said.
"If people are thinking of a Christmas donation to make in someone else's name, they can do that for someone who has everything, a donation of $45 to us would supply someone with five delicious, hot meals in our local community."
"We can then send them back a card thanking them for supporting someone over Christmas with their meals."
To find out more about Meals on Wheels Dubbo, click the following link.