Patients at The Children's Hospital at Westmead were thunderstruck on Monday when Sydney Thunder players delivered gifts in the lead up to Christmas.
Fairfield Liverpool fast bowler Liam Hatcher, Rachel Priest, Lisa Griffith and Daniel Sams visited three wards and spent time with patients and staff.
"It was really good to see the smiles on their faces with some of them going through some pretty tough times," Hatcher said.
"Anything we can do to help them out and put a smile on their face is well worthwhile. I can't imagine what some of these families are going through, around Christmas time which is all about family.
"We live the dream getting to play professional cricket, it's inspiring to come here and see them with a big smile on their face." Sydney Thunder play the Sydney Sixers on December 24 at Spotless Stadium.
The club has joined forces with Barnardos Australia in asking supporters and members to bring unwrapped Christmas gifts to the game to help give disadvantaged Australian children the opportunity to open a present on Christmas Day.
Sydney Thunder general manager Lee Germon said that sport has the opportunity to have a significant, positive impact on the community.
"It is both humbling and a privilege for our club to make a small difference," he said.
(This article first appeared in Fairfield City Champion)