Salvations Army Red Shield Appeal needs doorknockers urgently

Salvation Army Wodonga Captain Russell Anderson is hoping to attract more volunteers to collect for the Red Shield Appeal on May 24-25. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Salvation Army Wodonga Captain Russell Anderson is hoping to attract more volunteers to collect for the Red Shield Appeal on May 24-25. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed to help doorknock for Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal on May 24-25.

Wodonga Captain Russell Anderson said attracting volunteers was getting harder every year.

“We have 150 volunteers on board but need double that,” Capt Anderson said.

“In previous years we had the Baranduda army base support us but they have other commitments.”

Capt Anderson is asking residents to give a few hours of their time.

“Just two hours will help cover about 50 homes,” he said.

About $25,000 has been collected in Wodonga over previous years but last year the collection was $5000 short of its target.

“It’s because we were down on collectors,” Capt Anderson said.

“We are fortunate the Salvation Army name is well respected and people are expecting us to knock on their door.

“When we are unable to knock, we lose money.”

The money raised goes into a national collection that is distributed to Salvation Army social programs throughout Australia.

“We always get more back than we raise,” Capt Anderson said.

Wodonga’s branch provides financial assistance to about 300 residents each month and serves 100 meals each week at its Sal-Army Cafe in Lawrence Street.

The Red Shield Appeal will be officially launched in Albury’s QEII Square today from 11am.

To volunteer, call Capt Anderson on 0439 894 232.

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