Xmas tree

Wish­ing tree sup­ports lo­cals

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Kmart Kar­ratha and Sal­va­tion Army staff have launched their an­nual Christ­mas Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal to col­lect presents for strug­gling lo­cal fam­i­lies.

The ap­peal is part of a 29-year tra­di­tion that sees Kmart staff, cus­tomers and the com­mu­nity do­nate presents to the Salvos for peo­ple who would other­wise go with­out over the hol­i­days.

It was launched at a spe­cial event last Thurs­day morn­ing, with Spirit Ra­dio broad­cast­ing an­nounce­ments in-store and food and face-paint­ing on of­fer.

Kar­ratha Kmart store man­ager Si­mon Feather­stone said Kmart staff were proud to be part of a cam­paign that helped com­mu­nity mem­bers, es­pe­cially in re­cent years.

“Up here, es­pe­cially in Kar­ratha, there are a lot of peo­ple out there who are go­ing through some tough times with the tran­si­tion from the min­ing boom, so this is just a small way that we can try to help out and put a smile on some peo­ple’s faces,” he said.

Mr Feather­stone said de­spite the dif­fi­cult times, do­na­tions for the ap­peal had con­tin­ued to in­crease each year, with the 2015 drive bring­ing in more than 950 do­na­tions of gifts.

Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Niall Gib­son said the Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal pro­vided their main in­take of presents each year and en­abled staff and vol­un­teers to put to­gether about 100 gift ham­pers for needy lo­cals.

“If it wasn’t for Kmart, we would be very, very, very low in gifts. Kmart would be our pri­mary (source),” he said.

He said they would es­pe­cially wel­come presents such as vouch­ers for teenagers or adults, who usu­ally re­ceived less than young chil­dren.

The Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal runs un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 24. Peo­ple can do­nate in store at Kmart Kar­ratha at the base of the tall Christ­mas tree near the en­trance.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Kmart and Sal­va­tion Army staff and chil­dren launch the Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal.

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