Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal celebrates 30th anniversary

2017 LAUNCH: Nowra Salvation Army Lieutenant Matthew Sutcliffe, Kmart Nowra store manager Jason Bingham and staff members Brittany Pel and Trish Davis, who co-ordinate the local appeal, launch this year’s Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
2017 LAUNCH: Nowra Salvation Army Lieutenant Matthew Sutcliffe, Kmart Nowra store manager Jason Bingham and staff members Brittany Pel and Trish Davis, who co-ordinate the local appeal, launch this year’s Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

In 2017 the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal turns 30.

The Nowra Kmart launched its Christmas appeal in aid of the Salvation Army on Wednesday.

Nowra store manager Jason Bingham launched the 2017 appeal in front of a large crowd, including children from Kids Korner who also staged a performance.

With the Nowra Salvation Army band performing in the background, Mr Bingham said the company was proud to support the Salvation Army.

“Thirty years is a great achievement and something we are proud of,” he said.

Nowra Salvation Army Lieutenant Matthew Sutcliffe thanked Kmart for its ongoing support.

“Over those 30 years tens of thousands of Christmas gifts have been given away across the country through this support,” he said.

“We can’t thank Kmart enough. It’s great to be able to bring a little joy to some people who may be doing it tough, especially at Christmas.”

The Wishing Tree Appeal is located at the front of the Stockland Nowra Kmart store.

“Last year we distributed 2000 toys locally,” Lt Sutcliffe said.

“We helped 200 local families,. That’s about 1000 people.

“It allows everyone to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.”

This year’s appeal runs from November 15 until Christmas eve.

GREAT TIME: Children from Kids Korner child care centre listen to the Nowra Salvation Army band during Wednesday’s launch of the Nowra Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

GREAT TIME: Children from Kids Korner child care centre listen to the Nowra Salvation Army band during Wednesday’s launch of the Nowra Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

There are a number of ways you can contribute to the Nowra Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.

You can place a gift under the Wishing Tree at Stockland Nowra Kmart.

You can add a little extra to your transaction by clicking the Wishing Tree logo on the self serve checkouts.

You can drop your spare change in the coin collection boxes at any register.

You can take a bauble tag off the Wishing Tree and scan the barcode at any register to contribute

Or go online and give at kmart.com.au/wishingtree

This year’s appeal aims to collect 500,000 gifts across Australia.