Going without presents and special food on Christmas day is going to be a reality for many local families.
However, 40 of these families will have one kilogram of ham thanks to Bernie Benson and his wife Judy. In total they donated 40 kilograms of ham worth $500.
Mr Benson hopes others will follow his lead and donate this festive season.
“I hope other people will follow suit,” Mr Benson said.
“It’s not like you need to outlay heaps of money, every donation counts.”
The ham will be donated to the Salvation Army, Family Link and St Vincent de Paul.
These charities will then distribute the food to families in need.
“I am happy to be able to contribute in this very small way and would encourage anyone to donate if they can,” Mr Benson said.
“To know people who are really in need will get just a little bit is a great feeling.”
The idea to donate came from an article in the paper stating that charities may not have enough food for families this Christmas.
Mr Benson then got to work contacting wholesalers to purchase the ham in bulk.
After contacting five across NSW he was able to purchase the 40 kilograms of ham through Bidvest in Lavington.
If anyone wants to purchase food in bulk to donate to charities this Christmas please contact The Daily Advertiser to be put in contact with Mr Benson.
To donate to Family Link phone the office on (02) 69 252 155.
To donate to the Salvation Army go to 182 Forsyth Street or phone (02) 6921 0709 or to donate to St Vincent de Paul phone (02) 6921 7972 or go to 98 Edward Street.
Donations of food, toys or gifts and money are in need this Christmas.
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