The Salvation Army and Kmart Geraldton have launched their Wishing Tree Appeal and are encouraging people to give gifts for kids going through hardship this Christmas. Donors can leave gifts in the Salvation Army boxes at the front of Kmart, which will go to families struggling to make ends meet. Church minister Wendy Spindler encouraged people to give generously in the spirit of the season. “Christmas is a family time and I think every person has the right to enjoy Christmas,” she said. “Because of economic struggles for some people, it’s a really nice gesture that people can give so that we can help, so they can have a merry Christmas, so they can celebrate as a family together.” Kmart employee and Wishing Tree champion Rachael Francis said helping a needy family was a fantastic gesture. “I’ve got a three-year-old, so if I was in that situation, seeing a smile on her face, that would mean everything to me,” she said. The Wishing Tree Appeal will run up until Christmas Day.