Tree grants gift wishes

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

SHOP­PERS are be­ing called to dig deep and en­sure that no child goes with­out a gift this Christ­mas.

The Kmart Wish­ing Tree at the Mt Druitt store has made giv­ing eas­ier, with the op­tion to do­nate to the cause with spe­cially de­signed tags able to be scanned at the reg­is­ter and money added.

St Marys Sal­va­tion Army Ma­jor Tony De Tom­maso said giv­ing had long been em­braced by res­i­dents. “It is a com­mu­nity event that many fam­i­lies use to get the kids to­gether and go out and choose a present for some­one in need,” Ma­jor De Tom­maso said.

Mt Druitt res­i­dent Michelle Trot­ter said, af­ter do­ing it tough last Christ­mas, she wanted to teach her daugh­ters, Catie and Amelia Bur­den the im­por­tance of giv­ing.

“The Kmart Wish­ing Tree has been around for years,” Ms Trot­ter said. “I re­mem­ber do­ing it with my par­ents when I was young.”

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate can bring their par­cel and take a tag from the Wish­ing Tree, which they can mark to in­di­cate what age group and gen­der it would suit.

The store man­ager Maria Klioutch­nikova said 2285 gifts were re­ceived last year.

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