A taste of the Southern Highlands' treats, along with its generosity, is being sent to people in need in Campbelltown.
More than 150 hampers are being packed full of treats from a range of Southern Highlands businesses, ready for donation to people who have been struggling under the weight of continued lockdown and restrictions.
Wingecarribee Tourism coordinator Izabella Lane said the initiative was suggested by Bowral business Active Therapies, and coordinated by Destination Southern Highlands.
"Active Therapies put a call out to their clientele and asked if there was any interest in purchasing a local produce hamper that could be donated to someone who is less fortunate or maybe struggling," Ms Lane said.
The response was massive, and community donations funded more than 150 hampers full of the Southern Highlands' finest produce that will be used to bring smiles to the faces of people struggling with the continued restrictions.
Ms Lane said the initiative showcased the region's generosity, and also put money into the pockets of several local business operators.
"It's a real win-win," she said.
"The hampers are valued at $75 and they contain local jams, honey, local lavender products, local nougat, local biscuits, local chutneys, so there's a whole myriad of products that's gone in."
She said the gifts had brought some recipients to tears.
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s General Manager, Lisa Miscamble, said the benefits of the initiative were twofold.
“As well as being neighbourly, the hampers showcase the best of what our region has to offer,” she said.
“We hope that this small gesture goes a long way in promoting the businesses and spirit of the Southern Highlands community.”
The hampers are being distributed to the most needy by Campbelltown City Council.
“It’s heart-warming to see the generosity of our neighbours in the Southern Highlands, who have reached out during this difficult time to support some of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Campbelltown Council’s General Manager, Lindy Deitz.
Images: Destination Southern Highlands