A Northern Tasmanian butchery is spreading some Christmas cheer to women in need.
Each year, Nigel’s donates a Christmas ham and barbecue meat to the Magnolia Place women’s shelter.
About 25 women, alongside their children, will be in the high-risk shelter at Christmas this year.
Catherine Birrell of Nigel’s said the donation would go to women in the shelter who genuinely need help.
In a first this year, Alan Broomby of Winkleigh Farm will donate an entire pig to the cause.
Despite it being a busy time of year, Mr Broomby said Christmas was all about giving back to the community.
“They deserve a go as much as anyone else,” he said. “It’s all part of Christmas. It’s all about giving and sharing.”
Mrs Birrell said Nigel’s was also collecting other items to donate to the shelter. Items such as tinned food, Christmas puddings, oven bags and baking dishes, toiletries and gift sets for the mothers, Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, and gifts for the children were accepted.
“People can be assured donations go straight to the people who need it,” she said.
Jenny of Magnolia Place said if it weren’t for the barbecue, many of the women at the shelter would not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas.
“The women get emotional when they get given these gifts,” she said.
“They’re so moved. They say, ‘what? This is for me?
“They deserve to have a Christmas, and we’re lucky because we get to pass that on to them.”
Nigel’s is accepting donations for Magnolia Place at each of its stores.