It's that time of year where we dig deep and give to The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal door knock to help those who truly need it.
The Salvos are calling on Griffith community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get involved to help raise $7.5 million over 26-27 May.
The money raise will towards The Salvation Army's vast network of social services. In a typical week, The Salvos provide over 17,000 beds for those who are homeless, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence.
Salvation Amy Major Lyn Cathcart says every donation to the Red Shield Appeal can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home. Even a relatively small contribution can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life.”
The Salvation Army has a trusted history in helping Australians in need for over 135 years, but Major Cathcart says the Salvos cannot continue to meet this need without the public’s support.
“We cannot do this alone,” he says. “We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where it’s needed most.”
The Salvation Army will be rolling out their Donation Tap Points across 400 locations in Australia. This services provides a more effective, safer and more meaningful donation opportunities for Aussies.
If you'd like to volunteer for this year's Red Shield Appeal weekend or if you'd like to donate, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au.
You can also donate in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos Store or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.