THE Salvation Army is launching its Christmas appeal in Karrinyup this week.
The Santa Stocking Appeal runs at Karrinyup Shopping Centre from December 1 to 24, with shoppers encouraged to donate toys, gifts and food to help Perth families in need this Christmas.
Spokesman Warren Palmer said the Salvation Army expected to help 300,000 people over the festive period and aimed to collect 2000 gifts, 2000 food items and more than $10,000.
“It is a sad reality that many West Australians have nothing to eat, nowhere to sleep and face various other forms of hardship,” he said.
“For them, celebrating Christmas is impossible.
“This time of year, making a donation to the Santa Stocking Appeal is a small gesture, which can make a huge difference to those in need.”
People can donate items in the mall near Woolworths.
The centre is running various Christmas activities during December.
These include photos with Santa daily until Christmas Eve, a Letters to Santa service and a lights display nightly from 6pm to 9pm.
It has also partnered with the WA Deaf Society for a an opportunity for children with hearing loss to meet and communicate with Santa via sign language on December 9 from 9am to 11am.