North-West hits the lead as Australia’s largest Christmas gift appeal passes halfway mark
North-West Coast residents have thrown down the challenge to their rivals from the South and North,
recording an impressive 985 gifts donated to lead the intra-state battle at the halfway point of this year’s
Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
In comparison, Northern residents have donated 820 gifts to the Appeal, while residents in the South of the
State have contributed 899 presents to the cause.
Salvation Army spokesperson, Captain Craig Wood, said he had been overwhelmed by the support shown by
Tasmanians, urging those who have not yet donated a gift to spare a thought for those in need this Christmas.
“We’re now at the halfway point of this year’s Appeal, and the support shown by the Tasmanian community
has been incredible. With the continued support of the generous people of Tassie, we can help make this year
a truly special Christmas for people in need,” Captain Wood said.
“With just 12 days until Christmas we are on our way to achieving our State target of 10,000 gifts and our
national target of 470,000 gifts for this year’s Appeal.”
The Appeal runs right up until Christmas Eve and donations assist in lightening the load on families doing it
tough over a financially expensive period of the year.
Gifts can be left for people of all ages, not just children. To participate in the Appeal, simply place a gift under
the Christmas Wishing Tree located in any Kmart stores around Australia. Take a gift tag from the tree to
identify the age and gender of a suitable recipient and place it with your gift under the tree. Gifts do not have
to be purchased at Kmart.
Alternatively, you can make a cash contribution to the Appeal at any Kmart store register or online at
http://wishingtree.kmart.com.au. Cash contributions are converted into Kmart gift cards, which are
distributed by The Salvation Army, allowing Appeal recipients to choose their own Christmas gift.
Join the Appeal on Facebook, Twitter and online at www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree.