Launching the 2009 UnitingCare Christmas Appeal are UnitingCare’s Lismore co-ordinator Evelyn Daley (front right) and Target Country Lismore’s assistant manager Louise Gray with Target Country staff Leigha Lawlor and Dean Coleman.
Launching the 2009 UnitingCare Christmas Appeal are UnitingCare’s Lismore co-ordinator Evelyn Daley (front right) and Target Country Lismore’s assistant manager Louise Gray with Target Country staff Leigha Lawlor and Dean Coleman.

Bringing Christmas to everyone

While most of us will unwrap presents from under a Christmas tree on December 25, there are always those who simply cannot afford that luxury.

Which is why each year UnitingCare joins forces with Target Country stores in Lismore and Goonellabah to run the UnitingCare Christmas Appeal.

The concept is simple – take a toy or Christmas present of some kind to the store and fill out a specially marked tag to identify the gender and age the present is suited to. Before Christmas, UnitingCare wraps the presents and distributes them to families who otherwise wouldn’t be celebrating.

“With the current financial situation there are many families who aren’t able to get themselves that little bit extra. It’s not just the very disadvantaged or the unemployed – there are working families with mortgages who are struggling,” UnitingCare Christmas Appeal co-ordinator Evelyn Daley said. “The appeal has been quite successful in the past; people have been very giving. We’re asking Target shoppers to dig deep, find some extra Christmas spirit and spend a little on others when they’re buying for their loved ones.

“There are children, teenagers, families and older people who often can’t afford to celebrate Christmas with gifts. For these people, dealing with the enormous emotional pressure of their financial hardship can push them to breaking point. Let’s make a difference and show the caring spirit of local generosity.”

The UnitingCare Christmas Appeal begins next Monday, November 16, and runs until Wednesday, December 23, at Target Country in Lismore and Goonellabah.


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