30 years of giv­ing gifts at Christ­mas

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Danielle Ford danielle.ford@sc­news.com.au

CHRIST­MAS is sup­posed to be a time of joy, but for some it’s also a time of in­creased fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

Ex­tra bills, spe­cial meals and hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties added onto ev­ery­day liv­ing costs can make it a stress­ful time of the year.

This is why dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber the Sal­va­tion Army as­sists three times more peo­ple com­pared to any other month.

Matthew, his part­ner Kelly and their eight chil­dren are just some of the thou­sands the Sal­va­tion Army helped dur­ing Christ­mas last year.

The fam­ily was be­tween rental houses and had to re­sort to liv­ing in hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“That time of year you want the kids to have a great time and it was hard to think we couldn’t give them a great Christ­mas,” he said.

Their chil­dren re­ceived presents through the Kmart Wish­ing Tree and Matthew said it was the big­gest bless­ing.

“It’s hard to ac­tu­ally put into words how it helped, we wouldn’t have had the Christ­mas we had with­out them,” he said.

This year is the ap­peals 30th an­niver­sary and over the years more than 8 mil­lion gifts have been given to chil­dren across Aus­tralia.

Sal­va­tion Army com­mu­nity fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Leanne Har­ri­son said it’s amaz­ing to see how the gifts help.

“It gives them Christ­mas back, a lot of them can’t af­ford to put din­ner on the ta­ble,” she said.

The Sal­va­tion Army ex­pects to help around 300,000 peo­ple through this year’s ap­peal.

The wish­ing tree will launch on Novem­ber 15 at 10am at both the Ma­roochy­dore and Caloun­dra Kmart.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit kmart.com/wish­ingtree.


GIFT OF GIV­ING: Sal­va­tion Army per­son­nel Steph Sav­age with Kmart Caloun­dra store man­ager Matt Dodd launch­ing a pre­vi­ous Wish­ing Tree.

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