The last six weeks have brought out the best in the Rotorua community as businesses and individuals all backed the annual Rotorua Daily Post Christmas appeal.
Here are some of the highlights of the appeal.
Week One: November 10 - 18
After launching the appeal in support of the Rotorua Salvation Army Foodbank donations were slow to start off but then began to trickle in.
Margaret Topless donates to the appeal every year and 2018 was no different as she took cans of food and dried goods to the Salvation Army on November 13.
Before the week was out local schools said they would support the appeal by collecting for Fill the Bus and staff in the Rotorua Daily Post office lead by example by bringing non-perishable food to donate.
Week Two: November 19 - 25
In the second week of the appeal, the Rotorua Daily Post delved deeper into the work of the Salvation Army Rotorua Foodbank.
Rotorua Community Ministries team leader Tania Hore said more people than ever were expected to need help this festive season.
Lynmore School also revealed they would support the appeal by offering entry to the Year 5 student production for a donated can of food.
Steve Chadwick also expressed support for the appeal in week two and said it was an "easy way for Rotorua residents to share the love".
Countdown and First Credit Union also backed the cause by collecting cans.
Week Three: November 26 - December 2
At the halfway point for the appeal the Rotorua Daily Post introduced a local foodbank volunteer Jenny Cairns and more businesses announced they would support the cause.
and Scope Cafe both announced they would offer their services for donations to the appeal.
Scope offered a coffee for a can on one day while Ogo offered rides for donations.
At the end of the week we announced the plan for the annual Fill the Bus food drive which was in its fourth year.
Week Four: December 3 - 9
This week was all about Fill the Bus which was held on December 5. The day before the food drive Skyline offered gondola rides for food donations
day made a huge contribution to the overall appeal collection. The big green bus made its way around the city collecting non-perishable food items over 12 hours.
It stopped at more than 20 business and schools and a total of 5844 items or $10,852 worth was donated. It topped last years' efforts when 5357 items were collected.
To round the week off volunteer firefighters at Mamaku and Ngongotahā braved the weather to do their own street collection.
Week Five: December 10 - 16
With just two weeks to go donations continued to flow and the Salvation Army said they were thrilled with the response which had seen 10,568 items donated by December 10.
Long-time Salvation Army supporter Christine Hands again showed support by collecting for the appeal out of the Ngongotahā Medical Centre.
Sport Bay of Plenty showed even small businesses could make a big difference.
Week Six: December 17 - 22
At the start of the final week of the appeal the item count was 14,874 and Salvation Army corps officer Kylie Overbye said the generosity of the community was amazing.
As the appeal hit crunch time the Salvation Army shared tips about budgeting for the holiday period. The organisation runs a life skills course with a budgeting element in it.
The tips included sharing Christmas Day expenses, buying items gradually, running Secret Santa instead of buying for the whole family and making your own presents or buying from thrift stores.
Throughout the Rotorua Daily Post appeal, Kmart Rotorua has also run an appeal collecting toys for the Salvation Army. Those toys will go out with some of the food parcels this year to brighten some of the recipients' Christmas.
As the final week of the Christmas Appeal approached the halfway point, Salvation Army volunteers put together 120 food hampers for distribution over Christmas. Paengaroa-based Comvita donated about 250 pots of honey to go in the hampers.
Today the annual Christmas appeal comes to a close with the announcement Rotorua Trust will donate $10,000 to it, and by extension the Salvation Army Foodbank.
Kylie and Ralph Overbye of the Salvation Army said the appeal had gone well.
"It's been an exciting and full-on six weeks and it's gone very well. It's been an absolute joy to see Rotorua rallying together to bring support, relief and hope to families this Christmas and beyond.
"We're delighted with the response from the community. Thank you to everyone for taking the journey with us."
The Christmas Appeal ran from November 10 and finishes today . It is run by the Rotorua Daily Post, in conjunction with the Rotorua Weekender and The Hits Rotorua 97.5FM. The Rotorua Daily Post hopes to announce the final tally on Monday December 24.