Christmas tree now up at Target to help UnitingCare support those in need

The spirit of giving this Christmas has already begun, with an appeal to help those struggling in Griffith starting in Target in conjunction with UnitingCare.

Griffith UnitingCare coordinator Margaret Haggarty says 2017 has been a really tough year for families facing issues of unemployment and increasing living costs.

“We really do rely on the generous people in the Griffith community to dig deep, show compassion and support our appeal this Christmas,” Ms Haggarty said.

“It’s a great cause, because all of the money raised in Griffith will go to Griffith residents, and not just families either, but individuals who are struggling as well,” she said.

It’s a great cause, because all of the money raised in Griffith will go to Griffith residents, and not just families either, but individuals who are struggling as well.

Margaret Haggarty.

The program raised around $3000 for the town last year, and went to support the community services and programs.

“A few dollars could help women and children fleeing domestic violence, people seeking emergency relief or children and families in desperate situations,” Ms Haggarty said.

You can contribute by simply purchasing an Appeal bauble for $1 or giving an unwrapped gift at their local Target store.

Griffith’s Target Store manager Helen Brown said the giving spirit of Christmas has already begun.

“More than half of our customers have purchased a bauble, which is really great to see seeing as we are half way through November and most people are not even thinking about Christmas yet,” Ms Brown said.

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Managing director of Target Australia Guy Russo says the appeal supports those in the community who need it most at a very difficult time of year.

“The Target team are proud to be partnering with UnitingCare Australia again this year. This Appeal helps such a vast range of families doing it tough in our community, and we feel privileged to be able to help by providing a place where Australians can give to others,” Mr Russo said.

The 2016 Appeal across Australia raised over $1.2 million and helped support over 45,000 Australian Families. This year organisers hope to reach more people who will struggle at Christmas without the generous support from all Australians.

Shoppers are encouraged to donate via purchasing a $1 Appeal bauble at the checkout until December 24.