Kmart set to make wishes come true

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Or­gan­is­ers of the Porirua Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal are hop­ing to set a giv­ing record.

Now in its 20th year, the ap­peal, which was launched last Thurs­day, aims to col­lect more than 45,000 gifts. The ap­peal runs un­til De­cem­ber 24.

Last year Wellington res­i­dents col­lec­tively do­nated an im­pres­sive 3482 gifts, eas­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den of Christ­mas for many fam­i­lies.

Store man­ager Ju­lian Hop­kins said Kmart was proud of the long-stand­ing his­tory of the ap­peal and the pow­er­ful tra­di­tion it had be­come.

‘‘The longevity of this ap­peal is tes­ta­ment to the Kiwi spirit of sup­port­ing each other, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas time,’’ he said.

‘‘ We know that peo­ple are busy, so we want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble to do­nate – be it with a gift, on­line or while they are go­ing through a reg­is­ter.’’

To con­trib­ute to Kmart’s Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal or find out more, visit Kmart or do­nate on­line at kmart. co. nz/ wish­ingtree.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Christ­mas giv­ing: Kmart Porirua store man­ager Ju­lian Hop­kins and ap­parel man­ager Alysia Walsh.

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