“In the true spirit of the holidays, I’d love to see everyone come together as community to look after each other, as we always do in the Wollondilly Shire,” said Mayor of Wollondilly Matt Gould.

The Mayor was appealing to the community to support this year’s Giving Tree Christmas Appeal to help those doing it tough in Wollondilly, this Christmas and beyond.

“By donating a child’s gift, gift card or non-perishable food items, you can make a huge difference to children and families this Christmas,” Cr Gould said.

He is encouraging residents to embrace the spirit of giving by donating unwrapped gifts for children between 0-12 years old, gift vouchers for teenagers 13-17 years old or non-perishable food items at one of the designated delivery points.

“I know many members of our community are doing it particularly tough this year due to cost of living pressures and anxiety about things that are happening in the world around us,” Cr Gould said.

“As Christmas draws nearer I’m asking residents to lend a hand to those in our community who need some support and extra help this year.”

Donations can be made at the Council Administration Building in Picton, the Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre, Community Links Wollondilly at Tahmoor, the Dilly Wanderer or the Mobile Library.

The appeal is unable to accept used, second-hand or wrapped gifts.