While fires still plague much of the far North Coast, one town devastated by the early fires has been given an early Christmas treat from the people of Lismore.
This year, a special Wishing Tree was placed in Santa’s Wonderland in Lismore to allow people to place a gift under the tree for families in Rappville.
On Friday Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith handed over Christmas presents donated by the community for those affected by the recent Rappville fires to Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow.
‘I would like to thank the generosity of our community in sharing the Christmas spirit with those who are doing it tough,’ said Mayor Smith.
‘Many families across our region have been hit hard by these devastating bushfires, particularly our neighbours in Rappville where more than 40 houses were lost.
Mr Smith said that the Lismore community has shown what Christmas is all about. ‘On behalf of our community and I would like to wish all those recovering from the bushfires a very Merry Christmas.’
Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow thanked the Lismore community for its generosity.
‘The generosity of the Lismore community is inspirational and is the true spirit of Christmas,’ he said. ‘The donations, by way of gifts, to the Rappville Wishing Tree are heart-warming.
‘A big well done to all. You have made a huge difference to many people this Christmas.’
Cr Mustow said the gifts would be delivered to residents on Monday.
Santa’s Wonderland at 142 Molesworth Street remains open every day from 10am-4pm up until Christmas.