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ABC Giving Tree Appeal kicks off

TIS the season for giving and ABC has once again kicked off the biggest Christmas charity in the state – its annual ABC Giving Tree Appeal.

For more than 30 years, the ABC Giving Tree Appeal has supported local charities to give disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Tasmanian community the chance to share the joy of Christmas and the holiday season.

And a huge part of the Giving Tree Appeal are the gift donations generously given by Tasmanians, which are distributed to families who need them most.

You can bring your unwrapped gifts to several locations across Hobart, including at the ABC studios in Hobart, where you can also see the largest living Christmas tree in Tasmania.

With up to $100,000 raised each year, ABC is urging people to continue to generously donate to this long-standing Tasmanian charity.

Proceeds from the Giving Tree Appeal are distributed between Hobart City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, Uniting Tasmania, Mission Australia, Anglicare, Colony 47, Launceston Benevolent Society and Launceston City Mission.

The Appeal is particularly in need of gifts for boys and girls of all ages, as well as gifts for teenagers and adults.

Gifts that promote physical activity, such as balls or cricket sets are encouraged, or that might help to raise the self-esteem of a young adult.

Gifts need to be new, not pre-loved, and gift vouchers are also very welcome.

Give to someone in need this holiday season and help support the Giving Tree Appeal by making a cash donation, or by participating in the Tasmanian tradition of dropping off a present.

The 2019 Appeal runs from 9 November to 5 December.

For drop off locations around the state and for information on how to donate, visit abc.net.au/Hobart.

Caption: Pictured left, Speaker for the House of Assembly Sue Hickey with Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnson and her son Harry at a past ABC Giving Tree Appeal.