Every year, the public, schools, service groups and the Kmart Wishing Tree donate food, gifts and money for its Christmas appeal.
‘While it may appear that we are receiving a lot of support, we are also seeing an unprecedented increase in demand for our services,’ corps officer Cymon Brooks said. ‘Right now, you can see many empty shelves in our food pantry.
‘Our financial ability to assists with bills and other expenses is becoming increasingly difficult. This year we have received close to 70 applications from families looking for Christmas support.
‘Families over and above this can still access Kmart Wishing Tree gifts but we would appreciate further food donations so we can make up more food parcels.’
The organisation needs tinned or dried food, Christmas treats, toiletries, nappies, formula and other baby items.
Leave them in collection boxes outside Coles Lakeside Joondalup, at Heathridge corps, 36 Christmas Avenue (Tuesday/Thursday mornings) or at the house next to the Salvation Army centre, 209 Caridean Street.