Adin Tambovsoff with some presents for the Salvation Army wishing tree at Kmart.
Adin Tambovsoff with some presents for the Salvation Army wishing tree at Kmart. ROB BARICH

Our generosity is on display

BUNDABERG resident Adin Tambovsoff is taking the opportunity to give to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal and bring joy to a family this Christmas.

“I was thinking of the kids and I wanted to make them feel wanted,” he said.

Bundaberg residents’ generosity this festive season has brought the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal up more than 30% than last year.

Generous Bundaberg residents have donated a record 1391 gifts to date.

Kmart employee Jackie Durrant said she had been overwhelmed with how generous the Bundaberg community had been this year.

“Bundaberg people are wonderful. Their generosity is great and they have really stepped up this year — these gifts will really make a difference to other families this Christmas,” she said.

Ms Durrant said the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal had been running for 22 years, and during that time more than 4.5 million gifts had been donated Kmart.

“What I like about this appeal is that it goes to local needy families – when local people are giving they like to know their gifts are going to locals,” Ms Durrant said.

The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal campaign will continue through to Christmas Eve.

The Bundaberg community’s record gift donation has come as a relief to appeal partner the Salvation Army, but due to 2009 economic downturn a dramatic increase in the number of families requiring support has increased.

The Salvos still need to collect more than half of the required tally in the last week of the campaign.

The Queensland Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal gift tally stands at 25,730 gifts.

While this is a great result, the Salvation Army hope to be able to distribute 57,000 gifts to Queensland adults, teenagers and children in need this Christmas, an increase of 5000 gifts on last year.

Salvation Army Captain Derek Whitehouse said it would take 450 volunteers more than 1200 hours to sort all the presents that were collected for the appeal.

How to donate

Residents can drop off their Christmas donations to Hinkler Central Kmart under the big Christmas tree.

The Kmart Christmas Tree Appeal donations will be accepted up until Christmas Eve.



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