Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is reminding local residents and businesses about his annual Christmas Toy Drive with the festive season fast approaching.

Mr Ward has announced that the beneficiary this year is the Shoalhaven Homeless Hub in Plunkett Street, Nowra, which supports so many local families and people in need.

"Christmas is a time of celebration and relaxing with our loved ones. Sadly, there are still some local children and young people facing disadvantage at this special time of year," he said.

"This Christmas Toy Drive is about coming together to help spread some Christmas joy to hundreds of disadvantaged children and young people across our Illawarra, Kiama and Shoalhaven region.

"Over the past several years, the Kiama electorate office has been overwhelmed by the generosity of local residents and small businesses who have kindly donated a wide variety of toys and gifts, and I really hope that it can continue this Christmas," Mr Ward said.

"New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off to my Kiama electorate office at 102 Terralong Street, Kiama between now and up until 5pm on Monday 18th December 2023 after which date all toys and gifts will be delivered to the Shoalhaven Homeless Hub in Nowra to help to brighten up Christmas Day for a few local families in need.

"Our annual Christmas Tree is already up in the front office area and local residents and community groups and businesses have already begun donating suitable toys and gifts which is absolutely fantastic to see and I thank the amazing people who have already donated gifts," Mr Ward concluded.