Help women and children this Christmas by donating to the Women's Cottage present appeal at NRMA Richmond

GIVE a gift to those less fortunate this Christmas, by donating to the Christmas Giving Tree at NRMA Richmond, in support of The Women's Cottage.

The Women's Cottage - a community-based support and resource centre - has been supporting women and children in the Hawkesbury area since 1983.

Giving spirit: Women's Cottage Manager Maria Losurdo with NRMA Richmond Branch host Christine Tyler (L) and executive consultant Jade Epiha promoting the Giving Tree. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Giving spirit: Women's Cottage Manager Maria Losurdo with NRMA Richmond Branch host Christine Tyler (L) and executive consultant Jade Epiha promoting the Giving Tree. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The service offers specialist, experienced and skilled support for women who have experienced violence and abuse and a range of other support services.

Women's Cottage finance administrator, Meg Keith, said the Giving Tree had been running in the Hawkesbury for years, and donations would be accepted up until close-of-business on Monday, December 16.

"There are tags on the tree for the age and sex of the child, or people can bring in a present for the mum," Ms Keith said.

"We ask that gifts are donated unwrapped, so that the parent can see the present that their child receives - there's nothing worse than a child unwrapping a present and it is totally unsuited to them."

She said teenage boys were a demographic that was "often overlooked", and asked that present-givers pay extra attention to buying gifts for that age group.

Jade Epiha, senior executive consultant for NRMA Richmond, said NRMA wanted to support somewhere local and "give back to the community".

"Each year we do a Kris Kringle for our [NRMA] branch for each other, so we decided to do it for the Giving Tree instead," Ms Epiha said.

"They're just around the corner, and they're a real local charity that needs help."

Donations of wrapping paper, sticky tape and gift bags will also be gratefully accepted.

Drop your present off to NRMA Richmond branch, 14/285 Windsor Street, Richmond.

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