Donations are now being accepted for Cessnock City Council's annual Christmas Gift and Food Appeal.
Residents are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items, which can be dropped off at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries or council's administration building.
All donations this year will be given to Kurri Kurri Community Centre, who will deliver the items to local people in need.
Council's general manager Lotta Jackson is encouraging people to give what they can as local families need our support more than ever.
"2021 has been a challenging year for many and those in the community who were already experiencing hardship have been doing it especially tough," she said.
"Christmas is the perfect time to think of others and show your support.
"This year more than ever, the impact of your generosity and kindness will be felt in the lives of vulnerable families."
Donations must be new and unwrapped for health and safety reasons, and can be dropped off until Friday, December 10.