Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal launched at Lake Haven today

GIFT APPEAL: Kmart's Kate Thiedman with the Salvation Army's Peter Ellis. Locals are invited to leave a gift at the express drop-off point located at the front of the Kmart Lake Haven store. Gifts do not need to be purchased at Kmart, nor do they need to be wrapped. Picture: Supplied
GIFT APPEAL: Kmart's Kate Thiedman with the Salvation Army's Peter Ellis. Locals are invited to leave a gift at the express drop-off point located at the front of the Kmart Lake Haven store. Gifts do not need to be purchased at Kmart, nor do they need to be wrapped. Picture: Supplied

THE Salvation Army is urging the community to support the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, at Lake Haven, to help local families in need.

This is the 30th year of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, making it the longest-running Christmas gift appeal in Australia.

To date, the appeal has collected more than eight million gifts, making it the biggest Christmas appeal in the land.

Locals are encouraged to dig deep and give in store or online.

There are a few simple ways to get involved.-

  • Place a gift under the Wishing Tree at any Kmart store;
  • Add a little extra to your transaction by clicking the Wishing Tree logo on the self-serve checkouts;
  • Drop your spare change in a coin collection box at any register; 
  • Take a bauble tag off the Wishing Tree and scan the barcode at any register to contribute; and
  • Donate online at kmart.com.au/wishingtree

Kmart managing director, Ian Bailey, said the appeal had been embraced by Australians.

“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,” Mr Bailey said.

SUPPORT: Another option is to take a bauble tag from the Wishing Tree and scan it at any register to give a $5, $7 or $10 contribution to the appeal. Picture: Supplied

SUPPORT: Another option is to take a bauble tag from the Wishing Tree and scan it at any register to give a $5, $7 or $10 contribution to the appeal. Picture: Supplied

The Salvation Army’s secretary for communication Lieutenant Colonel Neil Venables said those who contributed to the appeal made a significant difference to the lives of others. 

“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.