Uniting Church, Target launch annual Christmas appeal

Target and Uniting Care have launched their annual Christmas appeal.
Target and Uniting Care have launched their annual Christmas appeal.

Goondiwindi residents have been urged to help those less fortunate this Christmas.

Target and Uniting Care have joined to help improve the lives of thousands of Australians struggling during the festive season.

Now in its 28th year, the appeal has helped hundreds of thousands of families across Australia, with 115 gifts, plus clothing and $1000 worth of gift vouchers donated to local families last year.

Care Goondiwindi distribute the donations throughout the region stretching to areas such as Inglewood and Texas.

Care manager, Tracy MacDonald, said this partnership was able to support locals in their time of need.

"These families are just so grateful. For some it's that little extra support they need to finish off their Christmas and make it how they wished.

"For others, this will be the only gifts they receive as some residents don't have the means to buy anything," Mrs MacDonald said.

And this year, the appeal is more important than ever. "There will be plenty more families in need this year with the drought," appeal coordinator Kerry Herde said.

"With the support of local businesses we are going to do a pay-it-forward campaign too. There are plenty of people out there who can't even afford to fill a script at the chemist or visit the dentist because their priorities are not on themselves."

It is easy to contribute by simply purchasing an appeal bauble for $1, a white Christmas gift box for $3 or giving an unwrapped gift at the local Target store. Collections will be taken until Christmas Eve.

Target Goondiwindi store manager, Deanna Dixon, said the team was thrilled to play even a small part in such an important community campaign.

"We encourage shoppers to donate as much or as little as they can," she said.

"It's very important that residents understand any donations made locally will stay within our region," Miss Dixon said.

If you're finding it hard to cope, you might like to talk to someone who's not so close to the situation.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline 13 11 14 both have counselors who are available 24 hours a day, so feel free to call them if you feel overwhelmed.

Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community, UnitingCare Australia and Target have collected over two million gifts in the last 27 years.