The Bundaberg Recreational Precinct's main pavilion turned into Santa's workshop on Monday as volunteers packed 400 hampers for the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.
More than 40 people gathered for the morning to box up a variety of food items which will be distributed by the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Angels Community Group and Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres to those in need.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the appeal had been a huge success, raising more than $40,000 thanks to community support.
“From those who donated towards the cause to those who have helped with our fantastic packing day, thank you,” he said.
“The Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal is about providing some relief to our local charities who are working their hardest at this busy time of year.
“The beautiful part about the appeal is how we are working together to spread Christmas cheer to all.”
Bundaberg Salvation Army Major Mellissa Millard said Christmas was a time when charities were at their busiest.
“Initiatives like this help organisations like us provide support to those who need it most,” she said.
“While we have some government funding for emergency relief, that just doesn't stretch far enough and is why the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal is vital.
“We can't help people without receiving help ourselves.”
More than $41,600 was raised as part of the appeal, which provided up to 400 hampers of food to be created and distributed.
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