Give joy this Christmas at Kmart's Wishing Tree Appeal
CUSTOMERS were treated to the delightful sounds of the Trinity College choir at the launch of Kmart Gladstone's Wishing Tree Appeal yesterday.
The students who have been practicing for two terms pulled off renditions of Silent Night and 12 Days of Christmas with ease and even a few dance moves.
Through the Wishing Tree Appeal, Kmart links up with the Gladstone Salvation Army which collects the gifts and hands them out to those doing it tough at Christmas time. Last year the Kmart store in Gladstone collected 1670 gifts and this year they're aiming to go a few better with the target set at 2000.
BJ Baillie from the Gladstone Salvation Army said he knew how hard Christmas can be for families and hoped to help as many people in Gladstone as possible.
"It can be a really busy time and it can get tough for people," he said. "We hope to bring a little bit of joy to people and through the generosity of others our goal is to hand out every gift we receive."
Mayor Gail Sellers attended and thanked the choir for kick starting the Christmas season for her. "When I look at my lovely grandchildren at Christmas I can't help but think about other children who don't have much," she said. "There are poor little kids who aren't as well off as my spoilt grandchildren and I know the Wishing Tree Appeal goes a long way to helping our people in Gladstone."
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal and after 27 years the appeal has collected more than six million gifts.
Visit the store to donate.