Christmas is a joyous occasion for many Tasmanians as family and friends rally around each other.
It's an almost magical time of year where lifetime memories are often made and good food is over-indulged.
However, for many people in our community the festive season is a challenge period as life's pressures become overwhelming.
And donating to The Examiner's Empty Stocking Appeal, which has been running for 113 years, is just a small way we can all help those finding it tough and needing the hand of one of our charity partners - the Benevolent Society, the Salvation Army, City Mission and St Vincent de Paul.
These four community organisations do tremendous work in supporting people struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, find affordable accommodation and secure work or are escaping domestic violence.
As Launceston City Mission chief executive Stephen Brown pointed out, these people want to provide for their families and offer them a merry Christmas, but making ends meet is challenging.
The pandemic has only increased pressures on many in our community, but if every Northern Tasmanian donated just $1 we would double our $80,000 donation target to hand over in January.
And every cent makes a difference to someone's life. It can be the difference between a smile or a tear for someone this December.
Christmas is a time to suspend negativity and to come together with family, friends and other loved ones - it shouldn't be a time that you are racked with worry over impending expenses.
So if you are among the fortunate, who have never had to worry about looming Christmas costs, it could be the perfect time to consider how you might be able to bring some light back into another's life.
Donation can be made in person at The Examiner's office at Level 2 113 Cimitiere Street, at various Northern Tasmanian newsagents or via direct debit bank transfer.
Our staff are proud of this annual community campaign and are all too happy to assist as every donation, big and small, counts for those facing hardship.