FOR 25 years, Target and UnitingCare have partnered to brighten the lives of thousands of Australians at Christmas through their annual Christmas Appeal.
One in eight Australians live in poverty and many of these people turn to UnitingCare to put food on the table, buy gifts for their children and provide temporary accommodation over the Christmas period.
This year, Target, including the Leichhardt store, and UnitingCare are again calling on shoppers to give generously by purchasing gift tags for $1 or giving an unwrapped gift for local families in need this Christmas.
"We'll be selling our newly designed gift tags at every counter – to encourage customers to donate to this wonderful cause," a Target spokesperson said.
"All proceeds from the sales of the gift tags will be going directly to the Appeal. We will also have a Christmas tree at the front of the store, so customers can leave unwrapped gifts for people of all ages to help that community."
Target and UnitingCare are asking shoppers to donate an unwrapped gift by dropping it off at their local Target Christmas tree at the front of store.
Acting National Director, Martin Cowling, says 2016 has been a really tough year for families facing issues of unemployment and increasing living costs.
"Fortunately we have so many generous people in our community and we're relying on them to dig deep, show compassion and support our appeal this Christmas," Mr Cowling says.