SunLive         

Elsa the Elf Queen is a very special person. Elsa works at Kmart in Bayfair and she invited me to take part in the launch of this year’s Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. What a wonderful morning it was.

I was blown away by the generosity.

Store manager Steve Walker provided gifts to kick-start the appeal and guests and customers were treated to Christmas cake and cupcakes.

There were also wonderful performances by Arataki Primary School’s kapa haka group and the Salvation Army Brass Band.

The idea for the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal came in 1987, when an employee suggested Kmart use its wide network of stores as gift collection points to assist charity groups at Christmas time. This year’s appeal encourages those contributing to give a practical gift that will help people in need all year round. Kmart has a wish list in the ‘give a gift in stores’ section, which shows what the charity partner needs most. The appeal runs from November 12-December 24, and monetary donations will be accepted until January 31, 2019.

Jan Tinetti
Labour MP