Blacktowners prove eighth-most generous gift givers

KMART Blacktown launched its Wishing Tree Appeal last month. By December 5, 816 gifts had been placed under the tree, making its customers the eight-most generous nationally.

"I had another 167 presents over the weekend," Chrissy Gordon, the store's Wishing Tree Champion of four years, said.

"Some people are very generous.

"A lady came in yesterday (December 5) and gave me 32 gifts.

"PPB Advisory and their staff from the Sydney metropolitan area have raised $660 for me to spend on gifts.

"Last week I got two DVD players, with DVDs. And I've got one lady who comes in every year. She doesn't have any children and buys little presents all through the year.

"I haven't seen her yet but last year she ended up bringing in a car load."

Customers at Stanhope Gardens are also proving to be big hearted.

The store was ranked fifth for donations nationally, with 959 gifts on Thursday. Mt Druitt Kmart was 18th, with 542. Hornsby was No. 1 with 2557 gifts.

"We're hoping for a couple of thousand [gifts] this year and there is a national target of 500,000," Ms Gordon, of Doonside, said.

The appeal runs until Christmas Eve nationally.

For the appeal's launch Blacktown customers were treated to carols by Alpha Street preschoolers and a Salvation Army band, as well as cake, face painting and balloons.

The Salvos normally help 300,000 people over the Christmas and new year period, providing meals for about 8000 people. They also distribute hundreds of thousands of gifts to families and individuals, as well as hampers.

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