The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

Thanks to the fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tions of Ki­wis, the Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal is proud to have com­pleted its 23rd year in New Zealand. With over 42,386 gifts col­lected na­tion­ally, Kmart and its char­ity part­ner The Sal­va­tion Army are hum­bled by the amaz­ing gen­eros­ity of New Zealan­ders who placed gifts un­der the Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal this Christ­mas.

The Manawatu com­mu­nity should be proud of their gen­eros­ity. Kmart Palmer­ston North col­lected 5158 gifts in to­tal, 12 per cent of the na­tional gift to­tal the Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal was able to pass onto New Zealand fam­i­lies in need this Christ­mas time. Your con­tri­bu­tions have meant that strug­gling fam­i­lies can also ex­pe­ri­ence that giv­ing feel­ing in what can be a stress­ful fi­nan­cial time for those liv­ing pay­check to pay­check.

We have also loved see­ing the amaz­ing sup­port from the com­mu­nity, young and old, on so­cial me­dia and can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for shar­ing their posts and en­cour­age oth­ers to also give.

On be­half of the en­tire Kmart team and our friends at The Sal­va­tion Army, I would like to thank each and ev­ery per­son and busi­ness who do­nated to the Ap­peal and par­tic­u­larly the in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous peo­ple of the Manawatu and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the gift of giv­ing this fes­tive season.

Liam Daw­son, Kmart Palmer­ston North Man­ager

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