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Local Giving Box appeal launched

GIVING BOX: Pictured at the Port Augusta Target store are mayor Sam Johnson, store manager Jackie Barker, local UnitingCare coordinator Helen Mullion and service assistant Sarah Donnellan. Port Augusta’s Target store and UnitingCare are partnering once again in an effort to spread Christmas cheer through the Giving Box appeal.
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The appeal encourages the community to buy gifts and make donations to help children who otherwise may have nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning.

A large ‘Giving Box’ will be displayed at the front of every Target store, and shoppers are encouraged to place unwrapped gifts inside or take a bauble gift tag to make a donation at the register.

The Target and UnitingCare Giving Box appeal (formerly Operation Santa) launched on November 6 and will run through until Christmas Eve.

The appeal is in its 23rd year and thanks to the support of generous Australians, has distributed over 1.7 million gifts.

Local UnitingCare coordinator Helen Million said there are many families in our community who are going to find it really tough to provide gifts for their children this year.

“We rely on fellow locals to dig deep, so please support our appeal at Target Port Augusta,” she said.

“We make sure that all donated gifts go to local families.”

UnitingCare staff and volunteers collect the gifts and ensure they are distributed to those most in need in time for Christmas morning.

Target managing director Stuart Machin encouraged all Target customers to help brighten someone’s Christmas by donating a gift or a card.

“We’re proud to continue our long tradition of partnering with UnitingCare to help the less fortunate at Christmas,” he said.

“Through their network of over 1,600 service sites across the country, UnitingCare will ensure we deliver gifts to families across Australia who need them most.

“With Christmas just around the corner, an overwhelming number of families in Australia will be feeling anxiety over the lack of resources to buy Christmas gifts for their children.

It’s expected this Christmas that nearly 600,000 Australian children will be living in poverty; an additional 40,000 will be living in out-of-home care and away from their families for a range of reasons.

Over 26,000 families benefited from the appeal last year, and this year organisers are hoping to assist and support even more struggling families.

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