Warrnambool Kmart launches Wishing Tree Appeal making Christmas brighter for those in need

Christmas will be brighter for hundreds of south-west families doing it tough this year.

Warrnambool’s Kmart store launched its annual Wishing Tree Appeal on Wednesday, the 30th year it has been held.

Time to give: Kmart staff are ready to help those people who would like to place a gift under the Wishing Tree. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Time to give: Kmart staff are ready to help those people who would like to place a gift under the Wishing Tree. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Warrnambool’s Kiwanis clubs was the first to support the appeal with a $1000 donation.

Kmart store manager Lisa Good said more than eight million gifts had been distributed nationwide in the three decades.

“We couldn’t be more proud of how far our appeal has come,” she said.

Gifts can be placed under the tree, or donations can be made at the register, through using a bauble tag or adding to the collection box.

Salvation Army Major Peter Wood said the gifts would then be distributed across the Warrnambool district.

“It’s a great partnership that the Salvation Army has had with Kmart. Locally, we help hundreds of families with toys and it makes Christmas so much nicer for them,” he said.

Ray White Warrnambool is again partnering with St Vincent de Paul for its Christmas gift appeal. Gifts can be placed under the giving tree from December 1 at the Banyan Street office.

Charlie Hansford, 3, of Warrnambool, stretches high to put a star on the Kmart Christmas Wishing Tree, with the help of Kmart team member Dean Brunt. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Charlie Hansford, 3, of Warrnambool, stretches high to put a star on the Kmart Christmas Wishing Tree, with the help of Kmart team member Dean Brunt. Picture: Rob Gunstone