CHRISTMAS is a time to be joyful and to celebrate with family and friends but for some it's not always a happy time of year.
Make a difference in peoples lives by donating to Holroyd Council's Giving Tree project.
The project, now in its 14th year, invites residents from the Holroyd community and surrounding suburbs to donate gifts to those who are in need.
Gifts from the Giving Tree will be distributed to families through Parramatta Holroyd Family Support, Holroyd Community Aid and Church of Christ Community Care Crisis Centre.
Parramatta Holroyd Family Support manager Marnel Lagarde said donating a gift is a lovely thing to do at Christmas.
"Lots of people in need can't afford to buy presents at Christmas," Ms Lagarde said.
"The living standards in Parramatta and Holroyd are very high and for a lot of people the priority is to have a roof over their head and food on the table rather than having presents at Christmas."
Ms Lagarde said gifts for babies and teenagers would be ideal. "Babies and teenagers are often forgotten when it comes to giving gifts," she said
"Clothes for babies are always handy.
"Teenagers often like music and T-shirts."
The Giving Tree can be found at Holroyd Council Chambers, Wenty Leagues Club, Merrylands RSL, Nelson Grove Retirement Village and Constitution Hill Retirement Village.
Gifts can be given until Wednesday, December 18.