Red and white balloons caught shoppers' attention on Saturday as the Salvation Army in Albury launched its annual door knock.
The Red Shield Appeal on May 25 and 26 aims to raise $8 million nationally towards the organisation's range of services.
Border projects have included community table lunches, family store outreach and Mainly Music program in Albury and Wodonga's Just Brass initiative, emergency food and shower service, refugee support and community cafe.
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Albury Major Phillip Pleffer said as well as door knocking, collection points would be set up at West End Plaza, Myer Centrepoint, Lavington Square and Bunnings Warehouse.
Captain Christine Abram co-ordinates and manages Salvation Army services in Wodonga.
Albury councillor David Thurley, who spoke at the launch in West End Plaza, said the appeal began more than 50 years ago and went national in 1970.
"That was the first year they used the slogan 'Thank God for the Salvos' and I think there are so many people in the community who would be able to say that," Cr Thurley said.
To volunteer for this year's Red Shield Appeal, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au.
Donations can be made by phone, online, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
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