Maitland Neighbourhood Centre is once again running its annual Christmas toy and hamper drive and asking community members, who are able to do so, to get into the giving spirit.
Manager Sarah Adams said the centre has seen a large spike in people accessing its services since coronavirus pandemic began.
"Our emergency relief has increased three-fold, if not four-fold. There's so much more demand," Ms Adams said.
She added there was also a higher demand for the Christmas hampers this year.
"Last year, we had a bout 280 hampers but this year we are looking at 400," Ms Adams said.
"There's an increased need but more services and schools have also come on board.
"We have also partnered with Maitland City Council.
"They are working with their Vibrant Cities team and community team and with he hampers, we are giving out vouchers to spend at local butchers and fresh food grocers.
"People who are receiving a voucher can take it to the sellers and get some fresh meat and fruit and vegetables to cook a Christmas lunch or dinner."
This year, the neighbourhood centre is part of the annual Calamity Toy and Gift Drive and is asking for a range of donations for children and teens.
These include logo/stem kits, arts and crafts, dolls/unicorns, cars/dinosaurs, outdoors and sports wares as well as hair and beauty.
The centre also has a luxury donation list which includes lollies, chocolates, bon bons, biscuits and dessert snacks.
Ms Adams said the response from the community had been fantastic so far.
"We have a family who support us who go and do a layby at the Christmas sales and pay it off," she said.
"But this year, their layby has been triple what it has been in the past. We had five trolleys full which is amazing.
"So definitely a special shout-out to them. It's honestly amazing. Our message is: 'If you can't give, just be kind'."
People can contact the Rutherford-based Centre via it's Facebook page at 'Maitland Neighbourhood Centre' or by calling on 4932 0950.
All donations must be received by Friday, December 3.