People only have until November 6 to help out some of the poorest children in Caerphilly County Borough through the council’s Operation Santa Appeal.
Each year the authority sets out to help children by asking people to buy a present which will then be donated to a child in the county borough.
This year the council is aiming to support more than 650 children.
The children are not helped by any other appeal and have been nominated by social workers who work with families across the county borough.
The appeal will also be helping families who are working with charities Women’s Aid and Home-Start.
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s communications manager Rosemary Mathews co-ordinates the Operation Santa Appeal.
She said: “Last year more than 5,000 presents were pledged by generous people and businesses and we are hoping for a similar response this year.
“Although because of the way Christmas falls this year we are starting much earlier.
“My colleagues and I all give our time freely to make sure this appeal meets the needs of all these youngsters, it is a pleasure to be involved in such a worthwhile project.
“The collection centres which include local businesses as well as council locations are also a vital part of the project and a big thank goes to them for their support.
“This year we have a number of local schools making up hampers for the older teenagers who live alone and this is such a great project for them to understand not everyone can celebrate Christmas in a family home.”
People will be able to choose the age and the gender of the child they would like to support and even what area they would like the present to be sent.
All the appeal asks is the present is new for health and safety reasons.
Please make your pledge by November 6 and deliver your gift to one of our collection centres situated across the county borough by Friday December 4.