It's beginning to look a lot more like a happy Christmas for hundreds in the community experiencing hardship with the Salvation Army and Kmart coming together once again for the annual Wishing Tree Appeal.
This year more Australians than ever - since the partnership was established more than 30 years ago - were expected to experience financial hardship this festive season with four in 10 people negatively impacted by COVID-19.
The Salvos and Kmart are inviting the Mid Coast community to show their generosity and give a small gift to the appeal which extends to Christmas Eve.
The theme for this year's appeal - Big Heart, Small Gift - has been drawn from the unprecedented need for support in 2020, and encourages Australians to give what they can, however big or small.
"We are happy to be able to give back to the community," Debbie Hatton from Kmart Forster said
Salvation Army Forster Tuncurry welfare officer, David Hardaker said the Salvos would be forever grateful for the enduring relationship and support from Kmart.
"We are expecting to see a lot more people this year than previously due to decreased government subsidies and unemployment due to COVID," Mr Hardaker said.
People needing assistance this Christmas can contact The Salvation Army on 6554 6101 from now to make an appointment for an assessment.
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