Peter Duffy, Deborah Robinson and Barbara Mandile at the KMart Wishing Tree.
Peter Duffy, Deborah Robinson and Barbara Mandile at the KMart Wishing Tree. Blainey Woodham

Wishing tree helping families

TWEED families will have their wishes come true this Christmas season thanks to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal, and thanks to the generosity of Australians, the appeal has collected more than 4.9 million gifts for people in need over the past 22 years.

Tweed City Kmart customer service manager Barbara Mandile said

every Tweed resident can contribute to the appeal.

“All people need to do is take a gift tag from the tree and write the age and gender of the recipient on it then place the gift under the Wishing Tree,” Ms Mandile said.

“Many of the tags from the tree have already been taken. We had a great response to the appeal last year, and this year we are hoping for an even bigger one.

“I'd like to thank our store manager David Fox, Don Stalker from MacDonald's Gold Coast, Bilambil Public School and Centaur Primary School for all their help.”

The appeal raised more than 407,000 gifts last year, and this year it aims to collect more than 450,000 gifts nationally for distribution through The Salvation Army.

The concept for the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal first came about when an Adelaide team member suggested Kmart use its network of stores as gift-collection points, assisting charity groups at Christmas.

The 2010 Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal will run until Christmas Eve.



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