Tree grants gift wishes
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.