Call out to give a little love through Target Christmas appeal

Target and UnitingCare Australia have joined together to improve the lives of thousands of Australians struggling during this festive season.

Funds raised from their annual Christmas Appeal, underway at stores including Katoomba, will help the UnitingCare Network to support its community services and programs nationwide.  

People can contribute by simply purchasing an bauble for $2, a white Christmas gift box for $3 or giving an unwrapped gift at the Katoomba Target store. Volunteers from the UnitingCare Network will collect donations and distribute them to people and families in need.  

Target Katoomba manager Ralph Buck, volunteer Edward Bell-Smith, Keira Minter of Uniting, volunteer Grace Bell-Smith,  and Target Katoomba assistant manager Matt Stoffels.

Target Katoomba manager Ralph Buck, volunteer Edward Bell-Smith, Keira Minter of Uniting, volunteer Grace Bell-Smith, and Target Katoomba assistant manager Matt Stoffels.

UnitingCare Australia National Director, Claerwen Little, said the rising cost of living in Australia means many people are struggling to make ends meet and 2018 has been a particularly tough year.  

“In Australia, 2.99 million people live below the poverty line – which includes one in six children under the age of 14. It’s crucial that we continue to do what we can and lend a helping hand to our fellow Australians that are less fortunate. The appeal makes it easy for people to donate, whether it be at a Target store, donating online at www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au or providing a gift of their choice,” said Ms Little.    

Target Australia managing director, Marina Joanou, said the appeal supports those who need it most at what can be a very difficult time of year and encourages the community to donate. 

“Everyone has the ability to give a little love this Christmas, and we feel privileged to play a small part in making sure UnitingCare Australia are able to support people facing hardship, through this Appeal. The Target team are passionate about supporting their communities, and along with our generous customers we hope to relieve some of the pressure experienced by many at this time of year,” said Ms Joanou.