The collection of toys and gifts under our Christmas giving tree is growing nicely - but today there was extra special donation.
Conor Lynn, 5, said he had been saving up all year so he could buy a gift with his own pocket money for the Bega District News Christmas Toy Appeal.
Along with younger brother Ari, 2, they placed a deluxe set of Duplo and a couple of school backpacks under the tree on Tuesday for some other children to enjoy.
Conor said he has three jars at home for his pocket money - "one for saving, one for splurging and one for giving".
Setting the dinner table, cleaning his room and sorting the recycling are among his jobs that net coins for the jars.
"It's about growing up," the humble youngster said, with his mum adding that the boys are being taught about the value of money and working for it.
Conor has dipped into his "splurging" jar to take himself ten-pin bowling and said his "saving" jar is destined for a toy boy and arrow.
However, he appeared so pleased and proud - rightly so - to be using the "giving" jar for someone less fortunate.
The sixth annual Christmas Toy Appeal runs until Monday, December 16. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts suitable for boys and girls of all ages are welcomed (no secondhand items please).
Donations can be left under the tree in the Bega District news office in the Sapphire Marketplace, Bega, or under the tree in Club Sapphire Merimbula.
On December 16, the gifts will be shared between Bega Valley Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society to be distributed to their clients experiencing disadvantage this Christmas. A suitable selection will also be donated to the South East Regional Hospital children's ward and Mackillop Family Support Services.
We sincerely thank everyone who has, and who will be, donating to this great cause. We're constantly overwhelmed with the response from our community each year we've held the appeal.