Presents are piling up under the Kmart Wishing Tree in Maitland as the city prepares to help the less fortunate enjoy a pleasant Christmas.
Organiser Wendy Ralston said donating a gift let people in need know that someone else is thinking of them and wants their Christmas to be special.
She said the city always gave generously and it donated almost 1200 presents to children and adults in 2015.
“People buy books or toys, a lot buy gift packs of toiletries or handkerchiefs for older people," she said.
"There's no age limit and people can write on the tag who it is most suitable for."
The presents will be given to Mission Australia and the Salvation Army who will distribute them to their clients. Each client’s circumstances have been checked to ensure they need the support.
All of the presents, except those left on Christmas Eve, will go to families in need in Dubbo. The rest will be given to the local Salvation Army branch.
The gifts can be unwrapped, or wrapped, and left under the wishing tree near the Kmart entry.