The Salvation Army in conjunction with Kmart launched its Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal on Wednesday 15 November, to help support members of the community who are in need.
This year is the 30th year of the Appeal, with over eight million gifts being contributed to help support children, adults, seniors and families who are unable to afford gifts at Christmas and beyond.
Kmart Managing Director, Ian Bailey said, ‘‘The Appeal has grown significantly over the past 30 years and so too has the support of the local community. We’re proud that the Appeal has become a long-standing Christmas tradition for many Aussies and we know that this generosity is felt long after the holiday season.’’
The Salvation Army’s Secretary for Communication Lieutenant Colonel Neil Venables thanked those who are involved with the Appeal for their generosity.
‘‘During December, The Salvation Army assists three times more people compared to any other month due to increased financial pressure at Christmas with extra bills, upcoming back-to-school costs, special meals and holiday activities for the children added on to everyday living expenses,’’ he said.
‘‘Through our partnership with Kmart and thanks to the generosity of Australians nationwide, we are able to provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without, not just at Christmas but at any time of the year. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal truly does give hope where it’s needed most.’’
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal will run until Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December.
For more information on the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal or to donate click here.