Set a Christ­mas tar­get to help oth­ers in need

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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