Carols and dance open gift appeal

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Christmas spirit was spread throughout Kmart as Baler Primary School students opened the annual Wishing Tree with a myriad of carols.

From Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer to an Aussie Jingle Bells, proud parents, teachers and friends looked on as the students sang, danced and acted out the season’s favourites.

Eight-year-old Lincoln Gill topped off the opening by placing the first present under the tree.

“I wanted to bring a present because there are children out there who aren’t as lucky as me and don’t get any presents otherwise,” he said.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, which aims to help give back to those in need across Australia.

Store manager Hayley Grab said while the official partner this year was the Salvation Army, the South Hedland store worked with Bloodwood Tree and hoped to hand out presents to underprivileged children.

“I think it’s very important to do things like this in a small town because you can see where the presents go,” she said. The appeal will run until Christmas Eve and people are encouraged to put a present under the tree or donate money, at a Kmart cash register or online.

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