The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has been launched again for 2018 and is aiming to collect more than 1000 presents to help local families in the Hastings.
In 2017, the appeal in its first year collected more than 800 donated presents and this year organisers hope to go bigger and better.
Heather Unicomb from the Salvation Army in Port Macquarie said more and more families are requiring help to get through the busy – and expensive – Christmas period.
“We have already had people get in contact with us about needing help over the Christmas period and we are expecting to get a lot more calls in the coming weeks,” Mrs Unicomb said.
“The Wishing Tree Appeal is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people living in our community who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the Christmas period.
“Last year the support we received was amazing and I think this is a great way to get the whole family involved in helping others.”
The national partnership between the Salvation Army and Kmart encourages those wishing to contribute to give a practical gift that will help people in need all year round.
“Last year it was great to see gifts that families could use in the new year as finances will still be tight in the weeks after Christmas,” she said.
“Back to school time is also quite expensive and challenging for some families and being able to assist during that time is also great.
“The Hastings community has been so generous and we anticipate people giving generously again this year.”
Michael Lawrence Kmart Port Macquarie store manager said they will be collecting gifts right up to Christmas Eve.
"Last year the community support was amazing and this year we are hoping to go bigger and better to help those who need it most,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The tree now sits prominently at the front of our store and we will be collecting gifts right up to Christmas.
“We are also connecting with local schools and community groups to see if we can get a partnership with them for the appeal.
“The Wishing Tree Appeal is all about helping the local community so come in have a look around and see if you find something to donate.”
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