WITH only 11 weeks until Christmas, it’s time to start planning! The UnitingCare and Target Christmas Appeal is a great way to make a difference and we are hoping 2016 will be a record year for helping families enjoy Christmas.
Now in its 24th year, the Christmas appeal, distributed more than 45,000 gifts throughout Victoria and Tasmania last year to those most in need.
Thank you to all the dedicated staff in UnitingCare agencies who are currently in the process of liaising with their volunteers and coordinating the collections from Target stores for 2015.
There are 82 Target stores across Victoria and Tasmania which requires an enormous state-wide effort to coordinate. The appeal begins November 3 and runs until December 24 and donations can be made at any Target store.
This year we are hoping that monetary contributions will be the primary donation source. Every Target customer will be prompted by checkout staff to donate $1 to our joint Christmas Appeal. This donated money will be directly distributed through the agency and church network allowing for more flexibility in supplying appropriate gifts for different age groups.
While grateful for gifts, many of our agencies are at times limited with what has been donated. The monetary donations will allow our agencies to be more responsive to the individual needs of clients.
With the expected increase in money donations we think this will bring in much more revenue for the appeal.
Gifts can still be donated through Target stores in the same process as past years, and can be left at the layby counter.
Information host packs are being mailed to all participating agencies and churches in the first week of October and will outline the necessary set-up and coordination information for the appeal.
We also have available ‘Community Host Packs’ which are a great way of encouraging local businesses, schools, churches and community groups to run a gift collection on behalf of your agency. Posters and gift tags are also available, so please contact us so we can provide you with the best resources for a successful Appeal.
Christmas is a joyful, fun yet extremely busy time of year. Our team is here to make the coordination of the Christmas Appeal as easy as possible, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you require assistance.
Kind regards, your resident Christmas elf Catherine
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