Wish upon a tree

AS OF Thursday 367 gifts had been placed under Kmart Merrylands' Wishing Tree - making its customers the 29th most generous nationally.

But the store's Wishing Tree champion of five years, Gwen Everingham, of Merrylands, says we can dig deeper.

"We're not getting as many donations as usual so I'm a bit disappointed," she said.

This year's national Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, which launched on November 11, has collected 75,018 gifts for the Salvation Army to distribute to people doing it tough this Christmas - 4.2 per cent less than this time last year.

"Those who are donating have been very generous," she said. "We've seen a lot of big items — skateboards, scooters, a lot of ride-on cars. But I wanted to break a previous record of 5000 in the old store and I don't think I'm going to do it."

The national target for the appeal, which runs to Christmas Eve, is 500,000 gifts.

For the appeal's launch Merrylands customers were treated to carolling by Hilltop Primary School and staff handed out lollies.

Details: kmartwishingtree@kmart.com.au.

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