Target and UnitingCare are aiming to raise $1.5million this Christmas to improve the lives of thousands of Australians through their annual Christmas appeal.
Through the generosity of Australians, organisers hope to support the thousands of community services and programs delivered across the Uniting Network.
A few dollars could help women and children fleeing domestic violence, people seeking emergency relief or children and families in desperate situations.
In 2016 the appeal raised more than $1.2million and helped support more than 45000 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 by purchasing a $1 appeal bauble at the checkout or giving an unwrapped gift at Target.
All proceeds will be donated to UnitingCare Australia to be distributed across the country.
Co-ordinator Jan Goulding said 2017 had been a tough year and the cost of living in Australia meant people were constantly struggling to make ends meet.
‘‘One in six children under the age of 15 are living in poverty in this country,’’ she said. ‘‘We really do rely on generous people in our community to dig deep, show compassion and support our appeal this Christmas.
‘‘We encourage people who are in need of a helping hand to head to the Cobram Support and Information Service at 18 Pine St and fill out a form so they can benefit from the appeal.’’
Target Australia managing director Guy Russo said the appeal supported those in our community who needed 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,’’ he said.
●For more information visit www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au
The Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal runs until December 24.