Gympie Target Country manager John McEwan and Lifeline’s Trudy Irle want you to give.
Gympie Target Country manager John McEwan and Lifeline’s Trudy Irle want you to give. Renee Pilcher

Spare a thought for needy

IN a bid to do a little to help those struggling this Christmas, Gympie’s Lifeline is running Operation Santa.

Lifeline’s Trudy Irle is co-ordinating the Uniting Care appeal, which is designed to provide presents for those who may not get to feel the magic of Christmas this year.

Operation Santa for the Uniting Care Gift Appeal is run in conjunction with Target stores around the nation.

Gympie Target Country manager John McEwan said it was a great initiative that he loved to have in store each year.

“We want everyone to be someone else’s Santa,” he said.

Ms Irle said more than 80 people had been identified by local community groups as in need this Christmas.

This year children, elderly and some isolated or at risk younger people will be recipients of the operation.

To get involved all you have to do is grab a tag off the Christmas tree at Target and buy a present (the recipient’s gender and age is given as a guide), or buy a gift voucher and place it under the tree.

All the presents and money donated will stay in Gympie and directly benefit local residents.

“Everyone’s doing it tough this year but if you could stretch a bit more... the present you buy might be the only present they get this year,” Ms Irle said.

Gympie in general was very generous, she said and she was grateful to people who bought a little bit extra each year to give.

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