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A time for giving

Wednesday, 16th November, 2011

SANTA’S HELPER: Makaylee Page (2) at the ‘Operation Santa’ Christmas tree outside Target at the Plaza. SANTA’S HELPER: Makaylee Page (2) at the ‘Operation Santa’ Christmas tree outside Target at the Plaza.

The joy of Christmas through the UnitingCare Christmas Appeal is once again set to reach people less fortunate than ourselves.

The appeal, known as Operation Santa, has started and people can spread the joy from today until Friday, December 23 by donating gifts at the local Target store.

The rising cost of food, fuel and housing is placing more pressure on people who have not needed help before, said UnitingCare’s director Harry Herbert.

“People from all walks of life can find themselves suddenly out of work, or due to a sudden crisis, find they are unable to make ends meet at Christmas time,” Mr Herbert said.

Local coordinator Val Higgs said for the past 20 years they have been asking people to give an extra present at Christmas.

To help, go to the large red ‘Operation Santa’ tree at Target, take a gift tag from the tree and buy a gift for someone. Gift cards can also be purchased from the register.

Thanks to the generosity of the public, UnitingCare and Target have distributed more than 1.7 million gifts in the past 20 years, including more than 65,000  last year.

Ms Higgs said to help start the appeal people who to donate gifts on Saturday will be able to have their faces painted and receive vouchers for McDonalds.

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