Locals have until December 13 to donate food and presents to help out people in need this Christmas.
Every year, the Gunnedah Salvation Army distributes food hampers and hundreds of presents to local families, and Lieutenant Marika Wallis said the need was growing year-on-year.
Lieutenant Wallis said the most helpful donations included non-perishable food items, "quality toys", gifts aimed at teenagers, and also gifts for adults, including toiletries and makeup.
The annual appeal is once again supported by the Gunnedah Shire Council, which is encouraging residents to place 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 on Conadilly Street.
Last year, residents and businesses donated more than 200 items to the cause.
The library is also once again running its Food for Fine initiative. Library members can donate a non-perishable food item to the value of any library fine they may have accumulated until 4.30pm on Friday.
Donated items for the Salvos' appeal can also be dropped off at the Tempest Street building from Tuesday to Friday, or the family store from Monday to Friday.
- 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.