The Christmas Cheer Appeal which will help about 3000 less fortunate people in the Napier and Hastings communities enjoy the festive season has edged past the $4000 mark.

It is a great figure to reach already as the annual appeal, which has been run for more than 30 years, only sparked into life last Saturday.

The business community and individuals are again getting in behind it, and as well as cash donations gifts and goodies have begun to arrive at the drop-off points.

On the cash front, the staff at the Napier City Council's Community Services knew exactly what to do with some leftover funds from a recent Christmas get-together.

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They each paid a share to attend and at the end of the evening they found there was some left over.

So instead of giving everybody $3 each it was decided it would be better in the appeal fund ... so $56 was added to it.

On the gift front, a generous lady popped into the Napier office of Hawke's Bay Today with a bag containing more than a dozen great and colourful little tops for toddlers.

Some crockery also arrived as did some deodorants.

If folk want to donate food items it needs to be in the form of non-perishable goodies, and gifts for all ages are needed.

About 850 food and goodies parcels will be put together this year, and the appeal runs through until December 21.

Donations:

Previously acknowledged............$3800
Diack Brothers................................$50
Nicola Simpson.............................. $40
Anonymous.................................. $100
Anonymous.....................................$50
Community Services........................$56
Total............................................$4096

Drop-off points:
NAPIER: Hawke's Bay Today at NZME House on Dickens St, Toy World, the Napier and Taradale libraries, Taradale Paper Plus, Curves Gym on Gloucester St, Greenmeadows, Mitre 10 Mega on Prebensen Dr and Alexander's Construction on Ossian St, Ahuriri.
HASTINGS: Goodies can be dropped off at Hawke's Bay Today on Heretaunga St East, Mitre 10 Mega on Karamu Rd North and the Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere libraries.