Rockin’ around the Christmas tree for the Kmart Wishing Appeal

COMMUNITY members are invited to rock their way around the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal this Christmas and donate presents for struggling families.

The Salvation Army continues to provide relief and Christmas cheer to Tasmanian families doing it tough during the Christmas period, knowing that after Christmas is often where financial stress is at its peak.

The Kmart Wishing Tree campaign aims to collect more than 9,500 gifts across Tasmania this year.

In Hobart, the Appeal was launched on 13 November at Kmart Eastlands.

The event included a performance of Christmas carols by Montagu Bay Primary School followed by an official launch.

The Salvation Army is seeing more people with a diverse range of needs over the Christmas season each year.

This includes people recently laid off, experiencing reduced working hours, or struggling with the increasing cost of living through extra bills, upcoming back to school costs and special meals.

Providing relief is made easier with the help of Hobartians giving a helping hand to those that need the support.

Salvation Army Sergeant Major Brad Watson said the Salvation Army was grateful for the generosity of the Tasmanian public and Kmart to enable it to serve the community each Christmas in this way.

“Their gift is not just a toy or some money, it is a gift of hope – often where it is needed most,” he said.

To participate in the Appeal, place a gift (preferably unwrapped and useful for recipients post-Christmas) under the Wishing Tree located at any Kmart store and take a gift card from the tree to specify the gender and age of a suitable recipient to place with your gift.

Gifts do not need to be purchased from Kmart, they can be purchased from any retailer or handmade.

Alternatively, donors can make a cash donation by adding a little extra to transactions by clicking the Wishing Tree logo on the Kmart self-serve checkouts or visit online at www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree.

Cash contributions will be converted by Kmart into Kmart gift cards, allowing recipients to choose their own Christmas gift.

The 2018 Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal will run until Christmas Eve.

Caption: Students from Montagu Bay Primary School celebrate the launch of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal by carolling in Santa’s workshop at Kmart Eastlands.