North Sydney Community Centre is proud to support the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal each year. Together, we can help bring joy to Australian children at Christmas. Children who may otherwise miss out on opening a gift, simply because their families can’t afford it.
This year, due to the pandemic, the Smith Family has decided not to collect toys and books as usual, but we can still support the appeal and give a gift via the digitally.
"During this pandemic, the children and families we support remain at the heart of everything we do. That’s why now, more than ever before, it’s so important to continue our tradition of giving, which started at our inception almost 100 years ago. With your help, we are aiming to support more than 29,000 Australian children living in disadvantage this Christmas.
This year, in light of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic around the country, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with the Toy and Book Appeal in its usual format. While this wasn’t an easy decision, we made it, first and foremost, to ensure the safety of our students and families, team members and volunteers.
The important news is that we are absolutely committed to ensuring that the children we support still receive a gift this Christmas. A digital gift voucher will be provided to every child who would ordinarily receive a gift pack so that our families can ensure their children can participate in the joys of Christmas.
By getting involved in this year’s Toy and Book Appeal, you’ll have the opportunity to share something precious with children and families who are doing it tough. You see, supporting education involves more than just what happens in the classroom – it’s also about providing positive experiences, both in the home and in the wider community, to help children feel included.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved in the lead up to Christmas this year."