Now in its 27th year, the Target/Uniting Church Christmas Appeal has changed, with Uniting providing money up front to provide certainty in advance of Christmas, and asking people to come into Target to buy a $1 bauble to contribute to the funding.
The Uniting Church in Coota has provided $500 for the Salvos for gifts for local families, and $500 for the Coota Community Kitchen to distribute Christmas hampers.
Recipients are pictured above, with Uniting's Ros Robinson presenting the cheques.
In previous years people were asked to buy toys at the store or bring them in, but the response had been dwindling and Uniting decided to try a new way of doing things.
If you'd like to support the appeal, drop by and buy a bauble.
Your donations will help make Christmas a special time for more people in the community.
The appeal runs until Christmas Eve, and you can also donate online at www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au.