KMART in Clarkson celebrated 30 years of the Wishing Tree Appeal as part of this year’s launch on November 15.
The milestone event included a presentation about how the wishing tree came to life from customer service manager Cindy Vincent and a visit from The Salvation Army’s Major Nikki Novell followed by Christmas carols from the Merriwa Salvos band and Circle of Friends Choir and a rendition of Santa Baby by staff member Tori-Rose McCreddin.
“We have had a wonderful response from the community as gifts are starting to be placed under our colourful wishing tree,” Wishing Tree champion Kirralee Wilson said.
“I am very proud of all my Wishing Tree champions and everyone involved from our community.”
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has collected more than 8 million gifts over the past 29 years and this year aims to have more than 500,000 gifts for Australians in need.
“During December, The Salvation Army assists three times more people compared to any other month due to increased financial pressure at Christmas with extra bills, upcoming back-to-school costs, special meals and holiday activities for the children added on to everyday living expenses,” secretary for communication Lieutenant Colonel Neil Venables said.
“Through our partnership with Kmart and thanks to the generosity of Australians nationwide, we are able to provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without.”
The appeal runs until December 24.
People can place a gift under the Wishing Tree at any Kmart store or make donations at the registers.