Local organisations, businesses and agencies are working together to give drought and bush fire affected families a well deserved break.
Rotary Club of Taree on Manning, Taree Lions Club, Dillon Rural, National Australia Bank and Ray White Taree have organised several events over summer to put a smile on the faces of those doing it tough.
Taree Lions Club's Rob Chapman said a bit of fun and relaxation is important for those on the land during times of stress and devastation.
"We're giving those affected by the bush fires and drought some time away from their farms to shoot the breeze essentially," Mr Chapman said.
"It's about people's positive well-being.
"These groups saw a need to help the community and get these people out of their places for a little while."
The first social gathering was held at Oxley Island Hall on November 28.
"We had about 80 to 100 people attend," Mr Chapman said.
One man told the organisers that 'I haven't seen my mates smiling like this in the past 12 months'.
The next event will be held at Caffreys Flat Hall this Thursday, December 5, with others to follow at Marlee, Moorland and Dyers Crossing in January.
The women in dairy group will host an event at Johns River Hall on December 20.
Those in attendance to the events will be treated to free giveaways, a jumping castle, hams, hampers, a barbecue, soft drinks and haircuts.
The Lions and Rotary clubs will take turns to man the barbecue.
Government authorities, such as Local Land Services and Land Care, will be on hand to provide advice to those in need.
The group gathers at Ray White's Taree office each week to review each event and plan the ones ahead.