Set a Christmas target to help others in need
By TATE SPITERI
MYRTLEFORD Target’s store manager, Joan Grimm, has urged the community to dig deep this festive season and to consider the needy when doing their Christmas shopping.
UnitingCare and Target Australia have again combined and launched their annual Christmas Appeal, calling on shoppers to give generously by making a $2 donation (or more) at the register of any Target store.
They can also purchase a $2 bauble to leave on the tree or donate a gift at the layby counter.
Ms Grimm said she noticed a decline in donations in 2017, something she hopes to simply but down to a quiet year.
“I really hope people can get behind it this year, it’s only a very small thing but combined as a whole town we can make a big difference to a lot of families’ Christmas,” she said.
The UnitingCare and Target partnership has delivered the Christmas Appeal for 26 years, putting a smile on thousands of disadvantaged people across Australia each Christmas.
UnitingCare Australia Na- tional Director, Clarewen Little, said the rising cost of living in Australia meant people were struggling to make ends meet in 2018.
“In Australia 2.99 million people live below the poverty line- which includes one in six children under the age of 14,” she added.
“It’s crucial that we continue to do what we can and lend a helping hand to our fellow Australians that are less fortunate.”
For more information on the appeal, and to donate online, visit www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au.
SUPPORT NEEDED: Jessica Martin (left) and Joan Grimm are hoping Myrtleford locals can get around this year’s UnitingCare and Target Australia Christmas Appeal.