A host of Sharks NRL players will head out to hospitals as well as the local Sylvanvale Centre today ahead of their Christmas break which begins Friday.

The likes of Todd Carney, Wade Graham, Michael Gordon, Anthony Tupou and Chris Heighington will be spreading some festive season goodwill, handing out presents, signing posters and autographs while attempting to cheer up some of those doing it a little tough at what should otherwise be a festive time of the year.

A group of players will be at Sutherland Hospital after lunch today and also at the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick early this afternoon.

Also in continuing to foster their relationship with Sylvanvale Disability Services a handful of Sharks, including Nathan Gardner and newcomer Blake Ayshford will play ‘Santa’ and make a special Christmas visit to the Kirrawee facility.

Toys distributed by the Sharks on their hospital and Sylvanvale visits, as well as at other community events throughout the year, are donated by a Sylvania Waters residents group.

In addition to today’s community activities the Sharks last week hosted 30 children and their carer families involved in the KARI Aboriginal Resources foster care program. Jono Wright was ‘celebrity Santa’ and was joined by Carney, Tupou and Eric Grothe Jnr at the Christmas Party conducted at Sharkies Leagues Club.

The Sharks NRL squad will train through until Friday before taking a well-earned break. They return on January 6.

Today’s Sharks Christmas visits are a continuation of their commitment to community events and initiatives.