THE Christmas spirit was alive and well at Five Dock Tigers Club, where Good Samaritans donated more than 300 presents for needy children last Friday.
The annual charity drive collects the gifts and hands them over to the Salvation Army for distribution.
“We’re really pleased with the turnout, the generosity of the community has made this a great success,” event organiser Terry Graham said.
“Having a son myself who always gets what he wants, I stopped and thought, ‘there are lots of kids out there who don’t get to have Christmas’, and I thought about how those kids feel.”
The Christmas charity is in its seventh year and has become an important community event.
“It’s important that we do this at this time of the year so that kids who go without don’t feel that they’re very different to the average kid,” Mr Graham said.
“We put on quite a spread as well as entertainment, singing and lucky door prizes.”
Members of the community were encouraged to leave a gift worth about $30 beneath the Tigers Club’s Christmas tree.
Five Dock Tigers Club, and restaurant, Carmen’s on the Park, provided the space for the event, and sponsorship was received from Cotton On Kids, Costco and other companies.
The presents were loaded on to the truck by volunteers dressed like Santa.
“It has a real community feel about it,” Mr Graham said.