Woolworths St Marys is using the Christmas period as a chance to give back to those who make the community tick.
For the first 24 days of December, Woolies is holding daily celebrations for local emergency services, schools and charities.
Store manager Brad Bush said the month of giving was an initiative started by Woolworths in the lead up to last Christmas.
“For the month of December it’s all about the 24 days of Christmas,” he said.
“We’re raising some money for charities and generally giving back to the community, our customers and staff.”
Penrith-based charity Mama Lana’s Community Foundation has set up stall at the shop for the next three days selling raffle tickets to help fund its free meals for western Sydney’s homeless and hungry.
Volunteer Carolyn Greenhalgh said a $2 raffle ticket could win you a trolley full of Christmas supplies donated by Woolies.
“We rely entirely on fundraising and donations,” Ms Greenhalgh said. “Any chance to do some fundraising is very important.”
On Tuesday members from St Marys fire station and police station were treated to a morning tea put on by the store.
“It was a bit of a surprise but it’s a very nice gesture from Woolies,” Station Officer Pat Dowd said.
“For us any chance to come down and get a fire safety message out to the people is great.”
Sergeant Mark Harvey said police didn’t expect thanks for their work, but it was always welcomed.
“We don’t ask for it, but it’s good to know that the police are recognised,” he said.
“We also like the opportunity to show the community that we are here, and we’re just regular people.”