CHRISTMAS is starting to look a bit brighter for families who are doing it tough thanks to the generosity of the community.
Donations for the Salvation Army and 2BS Toy Appeal have been steady, with the Raglan Rural Fire Service among community groups supporting the cause.
RFS volunteers dropped off toys on Wednesday.
Director of news and sales for the radio station, Janeen Hosemans, said people have been incredibly generous in donating to the toy appeal.
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She said anyone wanting to donate need only purchase a new toy and drop it off unwrapped at the 2BS offices at 109 George Street.
Ms Hosemans thanked everyone who had donated to the appeal so far, saying the Christmas spirit was alive and well.
"We've got a number of schools involved, and the firefighters dropped off toys today.
"The response has been massive, it's been great."
Skye Dawes, from Raglan Rural Fire Service, said it's the first year members have been involved in the toy drive.
"We saw the post and decided to donate. Over the last fire season the community did so much to help us; we wanted to give something back," she said.
When the the appeal was launched last month, Lt Kate Cathcart from the Salvation Army said the charity was expecting demand to be high this Christmas.
She too called on community support in the form of donations of new toys, cash donations or gift vouchers.
She said due to COVID-19, gift vouchers were especially handy, as it simplifies gift giving during COVID-19.
Last year, 200 kids received a toy at Christmas thanks to the appeal.