Operation Santa - call for help from the community

TAMWORTH’S very own “three wise men” gave Operation Santa a kick start yesterday at the Tamworth Target store with gifts galore under the big red tree.

Making a difference in the lives of Tamworth’s needy families and individuals this Christmas is the message of Operation Santa, launched yesterday by member for New England Tony Windsor, member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and mayor Col Murray at Tamworth’s Target store.

The appeal which is run nationally by Uniting Care, asks the Tamworth community to help out those in need this Christmas by placing a gift under the large red Operation Santa tree in the Peel St store.

The gifts are then distributed to those who need them most before Christmas.

“People from all walks of life can find themselves suddenly out of work or find they are unable to make ends meet at Christmas,” Tamworth appeal co-ordinator Sue-Ellen Wilkin said.

Placing their own gifts under the tree at yesterday’s launch, Mr Murray won points for his two large gift offerings while Mr Anderson specially wrapped his in recycled brown paper.

Last year almost 100 gifts were donated at the Tamworth store and with contributions from community churches and St Andrew’s Retirement Village, almost 200 people in need received a little bit of Christmas  cheer.

“We’re asking the public to give an extra present this Christmas and bring love, joy and hope to those in our community who are less fortunate,” Tamworth City Uniting Church Reverend Bill Fischer said.

Gifts can be dropped off at Target in Peel St under the red Christmas tree until December 23.

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