Two days before opening its doors to host those who have financial difficulties and who can’t afford Christmas lunch, preparations at the Curia are in full swing. Last year around 500 people attended this event.
Although the offices at the Archbishop’s Curia are currently closed, a lot of work is still underway for the Curia to open its doors to a Christmas day lunch organised by Caritas Malta. Director of Caritas, Anthony Gatt, said that this is the fifth year that Caritas is organizing this dinner, and from a little more than 200 people in the first year, last year the numbers rose to 500.
Mr Gatt said that Caritas had spent the last three months preparing for this meal with the help of about 80 volunteers.
“I barely have words to express the great joy that this event brings on Christmas day. People come here to feel a family atmosphere but you also find people who are eagerly waiting to greet them. A good meal is important on christmas day because it is sustenance for the soul and for the body and there are people there who are ready and eager to make this day a special one.” (Anthony Gatt).
Mr Gatt said that this meal was made possible because of the Archbishop who opened the doors of the Curia, Alf Mizzi Foundation who provided the food, the Office of the President who provided dessert and St. Peter’s Foundation who took care of other expenses. Mr Gatt said that this year Caritas Malta was careful to take care of the environment and had avoided the use of plastic.