The generosity of about 80 children from Eskdale School and the business community has given the Christmas Cheer Appeal cash fund a major boost with less than a week to go.
The children, about 70 in the choir and 10 providing the accompaniment, performed at three venues between 9am and 2pm, drawing applause and cash.
"They did so well, we were so proud of them all," one of their teachers said.
The children also played a concert for the residents at Summerset retirement village.
Along with the efforts of the youngsters, the cash fund has now surged well past the $7000 mark after a very generous donation from the Rodney Green Family Trust.
The Napier businessman has long been a supporter of the annual appeal and the arrival of a cheque for $1000 was a welcome boost.
Also adding to the cause were the Rotary Club of Ahuriri, Willis Toomey Robinson and the Napier Cosmopolitan Club Centennial Trust.
Individuals like Mark Peters of Napier, who reckoned it was a good time of the year to think of others so put a $20 note into the kitty, also helped.
Food and gifts are flowing in. A Napier woman called with three game machines and a stack of top-quality games ... dozens of them.
"The kids have grown up and don't use them, so I thought the cheer appeal was the best place for them," she said.
Taradale Intermediate School put together a large swag of tinned goodies, and Langley Twigg also dropped off a food and gifts hamper.
Staff at the ANZ Bank in Napier were in equally generous mood and put together a great gift box of biscuits, chockies, tinned goods and snacks.