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You can donate gifts for families in need this Christmas
It's a sad reality, but for the thousands of Western Australians facing financial hardship or with nothing to eat and nowhere to live, celebrating Christmas is just about impossible.
The appeal is now in its ninth year and encourages the community to experience the true joy of Christmas by giving to those in need, in a real, tangible way. The Salvation Army aims to collect 2,000 new toys and gifts, plus 2,000 food items which will be given directly to Perth families doing it tough this Christmas. You can also make a monetary donation, which will assist the The Salvation Army's crisis centres in Perth in the lead up to Christmas.
If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at the Fresh Food Mall, located near Woolworths. Here, Salvation Army volunteers will be selflessly giving up their time to collect items in the lead up to Christmas. Please ensure any gifts are unwrapped.
According to Salvation Army WA Public Relations Secretary Warren Palmer, the organisation is expected to assist as many as 300,000 people over the Christmas and New Year period and urgently needs community support to do so.
"Making a donation to the Santa Stocking Appeal is a small gesture, which can make a huge difference to those in need at this time of year. It is also a great reminder of the true spirit of Christmas", Mr Warren said.
Santa arrived at Karrinyup on Saturday, 3 November with a dazzling Christmas Arrival Parade. He has now taken up residence in his sleigh in Centre Court located under a 10.5 metre-high sparkling Christmas tree and is available each day until Christmas Eve for photography.
Image: Courtesy 3AM Thoughts
In the spirit of giving, each child who visits Santa will receive a free gift. The Santa Set features new decorations this year, including a giant nutcracker and lifelike, moving reindeer. Karrinyup also provides an express 'Letters to Santa' service. For a $2 donation to the CREATE Foundation, children can write a letter to Santa and receive a direct reply.
Karrinyup's Woolworths entrance will be transformed into a magical Christmas lights display again this year, timed to Christmas carols each night from Saturday, 1 December until Christmas Eve. Visitors can take a selfie with the giant teddy and share it to Instagram for the chance to win a prize hamper full of Karrinyup retailer goodies.
From the Friday, 7 December to Christmas Eve, there will be two gift wrapping counters located on Level 1 near David Jones and the Ground Floor near Myer, where customers can have their gifts beautifully wrapped for a gold coin donation to support Cat Haven.
On the Thursday, 20 December, the centre will also hold a VIP Shopping Day, which includes live music, a pop-up champagne bar, free face painting and Christmas treats. Visitors can meet Mrs Clause, while the Karrinyup Christmas Elf will be popping in for a special appearance, surprising and delighting random customers by sneakily 'paying' for their Christmas shopping!
It doesn't take a lot to give to Perth's most disadvantaged this Christmas. If you'd like to read about more ways to help the needy, read on here.