Busselton Kmart launch their Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal

Kmart Wishing Tree ambassadors Pam, Cindy and Maddy with Salvation Army Busselton Corps captain Mark Schatz.
Kmart Wishing Tree ambassadors Pam, Cindy and Maddy with Salvation Army Busselton Corps captain Mark Schatz.

Kmart's Busselton store launched its Wishing Tree Appeal on Wednesday to add a little Christmas cheer to people in the community living under the poverty line.

It's the 32nd year Kmart has held it Wishing Tree Appeal across Australia and New Zealand and is the largest gift collection drive outside of the USA, with around 400,000 gifts collected nationally every year.

Community members are invited to leave a present under the tree for the Christmas Appeal which will be given to the Salvation Army Busselton Corps and distributed to South-West families in need this Christmas.

Gifts can be for men or women, or girls or boys of any age.

People can also donate $1 to their shopping trip at either the self-service checkout, at a collection box at the registers or by taking a bauble off the Wishing Tree in store and scanning it at the register.

The Salvation Army head of fundraising Janine Kewming said they assisted three times as many people at Christmas compared to any other time of the year.

"We are often working with individuals and families who are dealing with sudden crisis and financial burdens," she said.

"Through the generosity of those giving to the appeal, these contributions allow us to provide support to parents with the purchase of back-to-school supplies, intensive case management, financial counselling, or perhaps a box of groceries to see them through a tough time."