Kmart aims to share 6000 gifts during Christmas Wishing Tree appeal | Video

Wayne Wheeler, Kate Zanolla, Annmarie Christian, Shiann Davis, Megan Munday, Marlene Curtin, David Grounds, Allison Schmidtke, Sam Ewin.
Wayne Wheeler, Kate Zanolla, Annmarie Christian, Shiann Davis, Megan Munday, Marlene Curtin, David Grounds, Allison Schmidtke, Sam Ewin.

From bicycles to colouring-in books – all gifts can left under the Kmart Christmas Wishing Tree in Orange.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Christmas Wishing Tree appeal.

Store manager Wayne Wheeler said staff were excited for the annual appeal and were hoping to be able to donate 6000 gifts for Christmas.

Last year, Orange donated around 5000 gifts to the appeal.

“It’s quite overwhelming that many people want to be involved and want to support those who are doing it tough at Christmas,” Mr Wheeler said.

While there’s a focus on children’s toys, Mr Wheeler said gifts for parents and grandparents were also welcome.

“We get lots of toys, but we’re encouraging people to donate back-to-school gifts for after Christmas or homewares and essentials for adults,” he said.

Salvation Army Captain David Grounds said gifts donated wouldn’t be sent to big cities but would stay in the Central West.

“It’s all going to help local people in Orange and the district,” Captain Grounds said.

The Salvation Army interviews people in need to ensure they receive appropriate gifts.

“The Christmas Wishing Tree is a practical way for people to help out, the idea can be turned into reality within a few moments.”