SHARING the spirit of Christmas, an Australian-based group Helping Hands in Fiji will be in the country next week to treat the homeless with special meals.
Known as "Soup Kitchen", the group will also give out Christmas presents.
Group member Aggie Ogden said next week's event in Lautoka was not the first community work for them to do in the country.
"We have always visited Fiji and we do it annually
"The main purpose of our visit is to help the locals and supply them with clothes, food and housing material," she said.
"Last year we refurbished the children's ward at the Nadi Hospital and put up new curtains in the ward for the children.
"We have already sent some stuff and we will send more this week and it includes household goods for many villages, schools and hospitals."
Mrs Ogden said the upcoming event would be held at the Catholic Church hall.
"We do this every year and we are happy to be part of Fiji," she said.
"The people are very friendly and we have fallen in love with this island and it brings us back every year to come and help the local people."
"And for this event, we would be very grateful if some local companies can donate some food to help with the cooking."
She said they had most of the things but some contribution would help them cater for those in need.