Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Over the Christmas period, I was utterly humbled by the generosity of the many individuals, families, organisations and businesses who dug deep to help others in our community in desperate need. My annual Christmas Toy Drive, now in its third year, was the most generously supported to date with hundreds of donated toys and gift cards dropped off to my Electorate office.

There were some outstanding individuals and groups including the West Maitland Centennial Lions Club and the Club Maitland City and East Maitland Bowling Club, who bought more than a hundred toys, worth thousands of dollars from a local toy shop. We delivered several carloads of toys to the Maitland Neighbourhood Centre, where manager Sarah Adams and her dedicated team prepared Christmas hampers and age-appropriate gifts for children under 15.

I thank all of the donors from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity put smiles on the faces of many local children on Christmas Day, and was such a relief to their loving parents who are struggling to afford food and shelter in a time of desperate need. Your actions really proved the adage that "it is better to give than to receive."