Salvos seek volunteers for Red Shield Appeal

Kiama zone director of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal Graeme Packer. Picture: BRENDAN CRABB

Kiama zone director of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal Graeme Packer. Picture: BRENDAN CRABB

THE Salvation Army is rallying its troops in preparation for the annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock on the weekend of May 24-25.

Salvation Army spokesman Major Bruce Harmer said it was only through the generosity of people that the organisation was able to support people in need.

"By giving a few hours of your time on the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock weekend you will be helping us to help over one million people in need," Major Harmer said.

"Without the generous support of Australians in every suburb and town across the country, the Salvation Army could not reach this goal of $10 million this year. The funds go directly to support Salvation Army programs and social services."

Graeme Packer, Kiama Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal zone director, said the local doorknock was always well supported here.

"We appreciate all the hard work local people put in as volunteers and the incredible generosity of the community, who are always willing to put their hands in their pockets," Mr Packer said. "We have set a target of raising $26,000 in this area, which we believe is very achievable."

The Salvation Army is in a unique position to assist individuals and families who fall on hard times, whether it's with immediate needs such as food or over the long term with financial, drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation services, as well as skills development and job placement.

If anyone can assist with collections please call Mr Packer on 4232 4014 or email nogra3@gmail.com.

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