The Salvation Army’s Secretary for Communication Lieutenant Colonel Neil Venables, thanked supporters of the Appeal and explained that their efforts made a significant difference to the lives of others.
‘‘During December, The Salvation Army assists three times more people compared to any other month due to increased financial pressure at Christmas with extra bills, upcoming back-to-school costs, special meals and holiday activities for the children added on to everyday living expenses,’’ he said.
‘‘Through our partnership with Kmart and thanks to the generosity of Australians nationwide, we are able to provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without, not just at Christmas but at any time of the year. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal truly does give hope where it’s needed most.’’
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal officially launches nationwide in all Kmart stores on Wednesday 15 November and will run until Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December.