Residents are encouraged to spread the Christmas spirit by donating new and unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to the Campbelltown Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.
Donated items will be collected by the Macarthur Combined Churches and distributed as part of their annual Christmas luncheon on December 25.
“While Christmas is a time of celebration, it can be a difficult time for some in our community,” Mayor George Greiss said.
“Campbelltown always shows the spirit of Christmas and generosity during our annual appeal, so I encourage people to once again donate to this great cause and help make the festive season a special time for everyone,” he said.
Donation boxes can be found at the Campbelltown Civic Centre and Campbelltown Library branches, which will accept gifts up until December 20.
Meanwhile residents who will be attending the Friday, December 1 Christmas tree lighting ceremony are being encouraged to donate gifts to the appeal at the same time.
Everyone is invited to help kick off the Christmas season at Light the Tree on Friday, December 1 at Campbelltown civic centre.
Festivities will start from 6pm with a variety of family activities, followed by a giant Christmas tree lighting at 8pm, hosted by Mayor Greiss on the Civic Centre lawn.
“This year we wanted to kick off the Christmas in Campbelltown cheer with a big community event,” Mayor Greiss said.
“Light the Tree is a great opportunity to join your family, friends and the community in our CBD for a night of festive activities and Christmas spirit,” he said.
The night of family entertainment will include a giant slide on Queen Street, Christmas lantern-making workshop from Campbelltown City Library and facepainting and photo opportunities with Santa.
Mayor Greiss will join the winner of the Light the Tree colouring competition to turn on the lights of the nine metre tree.