Christmas appeal earns plenty of wraps

Last year’s 25th annual Target and UnitingCare Christmas Appeal delivered an “amazing result” raising well over a million dollars to give those in need something to more to celebrate during the festive season.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas shoppers in Target were invited to purchase a$1 gift tag or donate unwrapped gifts under the Target Christmas tree.

The appeal saw $1.24 million donated nationally, with more than $200,000 distributed in Tasmania and Victoria along with the Christmas gifts.

The money was used to provide assistance to those struggling to make ends meet during the Christmas season.

“What an amazing result!” said Francesca Tuccitto, who is Christmas coordinator at UnitingCare agency Lentara.

“The donations have helped meet the growing demand of larger families suffering financial hardship. Last year we saw an increase of 11 per cent of overall community members assisted with an increase of 16 per cent more children assisted in the larger families.”

Uniting Vic/Tas CEO Paul Linossier also applauded the appeal’s success.

“Thanks to the generous support of the public and the hard work of all involved, many people who are doing it tough were able to share in the joy and hope of Christmas,” he said.

“We have been able to make a real difference in people’s live this Christmas, whether it was children finding something to unwrap under the tree or helping out those who otherwise might have struggled to share a special meal with friends and families.”

Staff at the Uniting Church synod offices in Lt Collins St donated 60 gifts which were distributed by the Church of All Nations in Carlton.

More than 2.1 million gifts have been donated to the appeal since its inception.

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