It's our firies vs the police in this mega charity effort

THE local Rural Fire Service team is currently on a mission to bring some Christmas cheer to those in need this festive season.

Last week the NSW Police Force filled a helicopter with groceries for families doing it tough this Christmas - and challenged the NSW RFS to respond, a spokesperson from the RFS Northern Rivers Zone said.

"NSW Police gathered 762kg of food, which is admirable... but we think we can do better," the spokesperson said in a Facebook post.

So now the RFS is gathering non-perishable items, like cereal and canned food at selected local Fire Control Centres.

The food will then be taken to Bankstown to 'stuff a chopper' or two.

How you can help:

1. Gather non-perishable items, like cereal and canned food

2. Drop it off at the Northern Rivers Fire Control Centre by December 19.

3. Encourage others in your brigade and community to do the same

4. Share photos of the goods you've collected by emailing them to

What happens next?

The RFS gather all the items and hand it over to FoodBank NSW, a not-for-profit organisation which collects food from farmers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and the public and makes it available to Australia's hard working charities and community groups.

Any food you are able to contribute will help the more than half a million Aussies who will struggle to put food on the table this Christmas.

"Christmas is the time for giving, so any contribution is greatly appreciated," the RFS spokesperson said.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 666 30000.

"There are only a few days to get donations together - so get your districts or brigades together and let's stuff our chopper!"

The collection point will be at the RFS fire Control Centre at 40 Neville Bienke Memorial Dr, Casino, during normal business hours.

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