The Corowa community are being urged to help make Christmas a little brighter for those in need by supporting the 2017 UnitingCare and Target Christmas Appeal.
UnitingCare and Target have launched their annual Christmas appeal and are calling on shoppers to give generously by purchasing an appeal bauble for $1 or giving an unwrapped gift at the Corowa Target Country store.
The appeal runs until Christmas Eve, December 24.
Local UnitingCare Co-ordinator Barry Simpfendorfer said 2017 had been a really tough year for families facing issues of unemployment and increasing living costs.
“We really do rely on the generous people in our community to dig deep, show compassion and support our appeal this Christmas,” he said.
“We are committed to making sure all gifts go to local families.”
Organisers of the appeal hope that with the generosity of Australians they can raise $1.5 million to support the thousands of community services and programs delivered across the Uniting Network.
Organisers say a few dollars could help women and children fleeing domestic violence, people seeking emergency relief or children and families in desperate situations.
Target Australia Managing Director Guy Russo said the appeal supported those in the community who needed it the most at a very difficult time of the year.
“The Target team is proud to be partnering with UnitingCare Australia again this year,” he said.
“This appeal helps such a vast range of families doing it tough in our community, and we feel privileged to be able to help by providing a place where Australians can give to others.”
The appeal also ensures that no child misses out on the joy of opening a Christmas present.
In 2016, the appeal raised more than $1.2 million and helped support more than 45,000 Australian families.
This year organisers hope to reach more people who will struggle at Christmas without the generous support from all Australians.
All proceeds will be donated to UnitingCare Australia to be distributed across the country.