05 December, 2022

Embracing the Christmas spirit

If Hallmark has taught us anything, it's that Christmas is 'the most wonderful time of year.'

But unfortunately, life isn't always like the movies, and the holiday season can be challenging for those struggling to pay bills or keep a roof over their head.

This year, Spirit Super staff are teaming up with the Kmart Wishing Tree and the Salvation Army to help those in need this season.

The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal aims to create a brighter Christmas for Aussies experiencing hardship or crisis by delivering gifts to those in need nationwide.

Running in-store and online right through to Christmas, the appeal is Australia's largest and longest-running gift collection drive, with over 35 years of support.

In the leadup to Christmas Day, Spirit Super staff from around the country will donate gifts and money to help celebrate the festive season and make a difference.

Spirit Super CEO Jason Murray said he was proud to see ‘Team Green’ so passionate about supporting those doing it tough.

'We know a lot of people are doing it tough this year,' he said. 'High interest rates and the rising cost of living mean a lot of people are struggling to pay rent and bills. The recent floods have also caused tremendous devastation and disruption. It’s terrific to see the team going above and beyond to do what we can to help outside of super.'

This year's Kmart Wishing Tree theme is 'Small Gift, Big Heart'. To get involved, you can put a gift under the Wishing Tree at your local Kmart or donate online.

Gifts don't need to be purchased from Kmart and shouldn't be wrapped. The appeal also can't accept used or second-hand goods.

Suggested donations that can make a real difference include gift cards, books, sports equipment, school supplies, arts and crafts activities, headphones, toys, and toiletries.

You can also donate by buying a gift directly from the Salvation Army Christmas Wishes list.

Each 'Wishes' gift represents the type of help The Salvation Army provides to children, the elderly, families and the lonely.

Gifts for less than $50 include Christmas lunches and hampers, meals for the homeless, street survival packs, and blankets.

So, if you can spare a little this holiday season, think about getting into the spirit of Christmas and helping those who don't have enough.

Holiday Season Opening Hours

We love super, but we love spending time with our families too! Here are our opening hours over the 2022 Christmas and New Year period.

Date Opening hours
(All times are AEST/AEDT)
23 December 2022 Office hours: 8:30am — 2pm
Contact centre: 8am — 2pm
25 – 27 December 2022
(incl. Christmas and Boxing Day)
28 – 30 December 2022 Office hours: Closed
Contact centre: 8am — 7pm
2 January 2023
(New Year’s Day Public Holiday)
From 3 January 2023 Office hours: 9am — 5pm
Contact centre: 8am — 7pm

Disclaimer: Spirit Super is not an official partner of the Kmart Wishing tree or the Salvation Army. All donations to the appeal come directly from Spirit Super staff, not member funds.