Christmas Appeal tree ready to accept donated toys

By Jason Irvine

The Barrier Truth’s annual Christmas Appeal is in full swing.

The Christmas tree – in all its festive, decorated glory – has been put up in the office and is ready to accept gifts for local children in need this holiday season, continuing a tradition that now spans 34 years.

Our Christmas Appeal began in 1988, started by former Advertising Manager, Peter Keenan, and other Heads of Staff within the publication at the time.

This year, the appeal will continue a partnership with Lifeline Broken Hill – Country to Coast where community members can drop off toys to place under the tree in the reception area that will later be handed onto Lifeline and distributed to children and families.

Financial Counsellor at Lifeline Broken Hill, Sherrie Wilkins, said that the donations signified an important cause which the whole town rallies behind.

“We really appreciate it. We have had some amazing presents over the years for people in Broken Hill. People are so generous,” Ms Wilkins told us.

“And the funny part is, when times are hard, I think people help other people and they’re more generous again because people in Broken Hill, when things are real tight, all of a sudden they start to appear and it’s really, really lovely to see.

“We’re grateful every single year and every child gets a present.”

Unwrapped gifts and toys can be dropped off to the Barrier Truth’s office at 179 Blende St between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, up until Wednesday, December 14.

For more information about the work Lifeline Broken Hill do in the community or to make a donation, visit

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