SINGLETON mayor Sue Moore is urging residents to be generous and donate to the annual Mayoral Christmas Tree Appeal to ensure the festive season is merry and bright for everyone in town.
To be launched at council's annual Christmas on John Street on Friday, December 6, the appeal aims to spread joy to those less fortunate with donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items.
Businesses and residents from across the Singleton local government area can leave them under the Christmas trees at council's Customer Service Centre, Singleton Visitor Information Centre, Singleton Public Library, Colleen Gale Children's Centre and Singleton OOSH (Out of School Hours Care).
"For many of us, Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spend with loved ones, sharing in an abundance of food and exchanging gifts," Cr Moore said.
"But, it isn't so merry for some people in our community.
"This has been a particularly hard year for a lot of families, including those impacted by the drought and bushfires, and Christmas can be an added pressure for people already doing it tough.
"The Mayoral Christmas Tree Appeal is a wonderful way we can all support each other to make sure there's something under every tree in Singleton come Christmas morning - and the true magic of Christmas touches everyone."
All donations received will be distributed to local support groups and charities to make special deliveries across the community in time for Christmas Day.
"It doesn't matter if it's big or small, every gesture of support adds a little bit of cheer to what can be a difficult time of year," Cr Moore said.
"Christmas is nothing if not a time for giving.
"And, the people of Singleton are known for their generosity and community spirit that especially shines through at this time of year."
Cr Moore said proceeds from eligible Return and Earn items recycled at the Christmas on John Street event will also be donated to the cause.
"Council is really proud that this year's Christmas on John Street will be our first ever waste wise event," she explained.
"As part of waste avoidance strategies implemented at the event, all eligible items collected during the event will be recycled through a return and earn station, with all proceeds donated to the Christmas Tree Appeal.
"Large public events like Christmas on John Street can generate a high volume of disposable materials, and this is just one easy way council can incorporate a sustainable clean up practice that also gives back to our community."
Donations to the 2019 Mayoral Christmas Tree Appeal will be received until Friday, December 13.
For more information, contact council's Customer Service team on 6578 7290.