Christmas is a time of giving and supporting others, which is the exact aim of the Community Christmas Tree Toy and Food Appeal.
Gunnedah Shire Council and the Salvation Army are again joining forces to bring a little bit of Christmas to those in need appeal.
"There are people in our community who are having a tough time of it during the drought," mayor Jamie Chaffey said.
"This is a wonderful way people can give just a little that could make a big difference to families who are feeling the pinch. No one wants children to go without at Christmas.
"This appeal adds to the wonderful work done by the Salvation Army and other local emergency relief and support services during the year."
The appeal focuses on the collection of food and toys for distribution by the Salvation Army to local individuals and families who are facing tough times over the Christmas period.
Last year, residents and businesses donated more than 200 items to the cause.
The appeal is boosted by the annual library "Food for Fines" initiative which invites library members who may have incurred library fines to instead donate a non-perishable food item to the value of the fine.
Residents can show support and give to a child and family in need this Christmas, by placing an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item under one of the Christmas trees located at the council's customer service centre on Elgin Street or the library.
For health and hygiene reasons, pre-loved toys cannot be accepted and only in-date canned and/or non-perishable food items are encouraged for donation. For easier identification and distribution, residents are asked not to wrap their items.
The final collection date at both locations will be Friday, 13 December.
For more information about how you can get involved, contact Debra Hilton on 6740 2100.