Mosman gives generously to Toy & Book Appeal

17 December 2015

Mosman residents have nearly doubled their Christmas charity efforts, depositing 270 new items for donation to The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal under Mosman Council’s Christmas tree.

The gifts, which follow the donation of about 140 toys and books last year, will be distributed to disadvantaged children aged up to 12 years in Sydney metropolitan areas and regional New South Wales.

Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said the appeal provides an opportunity for residents to assist the needy.

“The appeal enables members of our community to share the gift of giving with those less fortunate and it’s wonderful to see Mosman residents have wholeheartedly embraced it this year by donating an impressive number of books and toys,” he said.

“For a child living in disadvantage, Christmas can be an incredibly isolating experience and a reminder of what sets them apart from their friends and peers,” NSW General Manager for The Smith Family Steve Macready said.

“The Toy & Book Appeal is a simple way to help them to feel included in the joys of Christmas, and we’re incredibly thankful for all the communities support – including Mosman residents,” he said.

The Smith Family has a long and proud association with Christmas since it was founded in 1922 when five businessmen delivered gifts to orphans on Christmas Eve. While today the charity’s year round focus is on helping disadvantaged children to thrive at school, giving toy and books at Christmas is a nod to the organisation’s heritage. For more information about The Smith Family please visit

Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson is pictured with some of the wonderful gifts that were donated.