AS THE weather starts to cool down, spare a thought for Wagga's less fortunate who do it extra tough through winter each year.
That's what the organisers of Operation Wagga Winter Warmth, which takes place on July 7, are hoping the Wagga community will do.
Now in its 16th year, Operation Wagga Winter Warmth sees the local community band together to collect essential items like warm clothes, canned food and bedding to donate to those in need.
A number of community organisations drive the operation, including local branches of the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army as well as Wagga's various Rotary clubs.
Operation Wagga Warmth committee member Yvonne Braid said the operation made a huge difference for those beset by hardship in the Wagga community.
"It enables them to at least have a warm winter and to live a little bit more normal than usual," she said.
"We haven't had an unsuccessful one yet."
While donations of goods won't officially be sought until next month, anyone wishing to help early with the appeal can drop items off at the Elders office on Kincaid Street.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army's annual Red Shield Appeal, the organisation's main fund-raiser each year, will take place on May 25 and 26.