The Shoalhaven Salvation Army is encouraging people to connect with their community this Christmas.
Christmas, according to the Salvos, is one of the hardest times of the year for many local residents.
Many people struggle financially and struggle to afford basics such as food.
Other people will also spend the festive season alone.
Nowra based Salvo captains Jodie and Matthew Sutcliffe said locally and nationally they expect to be busy.
"At Christmas, the Salvos will serve more than 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need," Captain Matthew Sutcliffe said.
"However, we can only do this with the support of the public."
To give hope where it's needed most this Christmas, please donate to the Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal at salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
Donations can also be made in person at any Woolworths check out, Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores.
Not only will the Salvos in the Shoalhaven region run its annual Christmas Cheer operation, to provide toys and food for those in need, it's also holding a community carols event on Sunday, December 8 and preparing for a special Christmas Day service.
"Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So join us and we can share the true spirit of Christmas," Captain Jodie Sutcliffe said.
The Salvation Army is holding a community Christmas Celebration and Carols morning on Sunday, December 8 at 10 am at 162 St Anns Street, Nowra East.
This is an open invitation to anyone in the community to celebrate with them.
At 10 am they will be having a special Christmas service and from 11 am until 1 pm there will be a free barbecue, jumping castle, petting zoo and other kids activities.
People can contact the church on 4423 2102 for more information.
A Christmas Day service will be held at 162 St Anns Street, Nowra East, starting at 9 am with all welcome to attend.