Gunnedah Shire Council launches Christmas Tree Toy and Food Appeal and Food for Fines initiative

Gunnedah Salvation Army's Dianne Schutz and Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey with one of the Christmas trees at the council. Photo: Supplied

Gunnedah Salvation Army's Dianne Schutz and Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey with one of the Christmas trees at the council. Photo: Supplied

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on the local community to get involved in the Christmas Tree Toy and Food Appeal and the library’s Food for Fines initiative.

The toy and food appeal focuses on the collection of food and toys for residents in need, with items to be distributed by Gunnedah Salvation Army. The Food for Fines initiative invites library members who may have incurred a library fine to instead donate a non-perishable food item to the value of the fine.

“Last year, residents throughout the Gunnedah shire donated almost 200 items, proving once again what an extremely compassionate and generous community we have,” Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

The appeal provides a great way for all of us to reach out and help others, at what is such a special time of year.

“The appeal will complement the wonderful work of the Salvation Army and other local emergency relief and support services during what is normally their busiest time of the year. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

To donate, place an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item under one of the Christmas trees located at Gunnedah Shire Council’s office on Elgin Street or Gunnedah Shire Library on Conadilly Street.

For health and hygiene reasons, pre-loved toys cannot be accepted and only in-date canned and/or non-perishable food items should be donated. The final collection date at both locations will be December 12.

For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s community and social planner, Debra Hilton, on 6740 2100.