Attending the launch of Joondalup’s Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, councillor John Chester said given the generous nature of the community, he was certain the store would beat last year’s 2300 gifts.
‘The festive season is often a time of the year when some families find it hard to make ends meet,’ he said. ‘Without appeals such as this one, many would go without gifts on Christmas Day.’
Mr Chester thanked the Salvation Army for its involvement with the appeal.
‘Once a donor leaves a gift, their job is complete, but it’s just the start of the work for Salvation Army staff whose job is to ensure all the gifts are collected and distributed in time for Christmas,’ he said.
The Wanneroo store appeal started with St Anthony’s Primary School choir performing carols; the Clarkson store enjoyed songs from the Quinns Baptist College primary school choir and Salvation Army band and Warwick had carols sung by children from The Grove Child Care Centre.
This is the 26th year of the nationwide appeal that aims to receive 500,000 for 2013 and donations will be accepted until Christmas Eve.
– A lunch will be held at Central Park in Joondalup on Christmas Day for residents who may be alone.