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Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal makes it easy to spread joy

BANKSTOWN Kmart shoppers are being urged to make a gold coin donation in-store or online, add a donation with any transaction or leave a new and unwrapped gift after the store launched its 36th annual Wishing Tree Appeal last week.

Along with charity partner, The Salvation Army, Kmart is aiming to raise over $500,000 as well as collect 300,000 gifts to help those in need at Christmas and beyond.
Research shows that previously comfortable Australians, are now struggling to pay rent, transport, food, childcare and education, with 22 per cent significantly struggling and over 760,000 living in poverty this Christmas.
Bankstown K-Mart Store Manager James Slade said the ongoing support of everyone at this significant time, would make an incredible difference to the lives of so many Australians who needed a helping hand.
“We’re happy to get right behind this Appeal and help those doing it tough,” he said.
“Come and check out our great range of Christmas gift ideas and at the same time, you can use this opportunity to spare a few dollars to support others.
“It’s easy, leave a gift for any age under the tree, click the Wishing Tree logo on the self-serve check out to add a donation or donate at kmart.com.au/kmartwishingtree.”
Helping to spread the Christmas cheer is Canterbury Bankstown Council which is collecting donations for local charities and not-for-profit organisations through the Mayoral Toy Drive.
Mayor Bilal El-Hayek said the cost of living crisis was hurting many residents and the idea of buying gifts this Christmas would be overwhelming but a small donation could help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.
Donations of new and unwrapped children’s toys and items, including arts and craft supplies, beach towels, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, toys, books, stationery, gift cards and vouchers, will be accepted at Bankstown and Campsie Customer Service Centres and Bankstown and Campsie Library and Knowledge Centres until Wednesday, December 13.
Items that will be accepted include new arts and craft supplies, beach towels, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, toys, books and stationery, gift cards and vouchers.