Give generously this Christmas

Published on 24 November 2020

Graphic with details of Council's Christmas Gift and Food Appeal for 2020

Cessnock City Council is running its annual Christmas Gift and Food Appeal, with donations accepted from Tuesday 1 December.

Residents can provide donations of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. All donations will be given to the Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre who will deliver to those doing it tough in the local community.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encouraged people to give what they can, even if it’s small it will go a long way.

“2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, with those in the community that were already experiencing hardship particularly impacted. Christmas is a perfect time to think of others and show your support. This year more than ever the impact of generosity and kindness will be felt in the lives of vulnerable families.”

Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre CEO, Deb Dacey said sometimes the anonymous gift of giving is the most valuable gift of all.

“Christmas can be a very challenging time for many people, so Barkuma tries to ensure all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel a sense of belonging at Christmas. We do this by giving small gifts to put under the tree and by putting food on the table for elders, children, mums and dads who are struggling at this time of year.”

Council hopes the community will show their support and give generously to the appeal. Donations will be accepted up until Wednesday 16 December.

Donation drop off points include Council’s administration building. Residents can also make donations at the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries. For health and safety reasons, please ensure all donations are new and unwrapped, and please follow staff instructions and signage on where to leave your donation.