A small donation on someone’s part can actually make a significant difference to someone else’s life.
It’s time for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and the Parramatta branch needs the community’s help.
The branch is calling on residents to dig into their pockets for spare change or hit the streets with a collection bucket for this year’s Red Shield Appeal.
Parramtta’s Salvation Army Major Grant Sandercock-Brown is encouraging community members to sign up as a volunteer for the day.
“We are always looking for volunteers to come and help us collect,” Major Sandercock-Brown said.
“Even people who are willing to collect in their street because some people are a little scared about knocking on doors.”
Statistics reveal the Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals and 2000 beds for people experiencing homelessness in a typical week, distributes up to 8000 grocery vouchers, and provides refuge for 500 people fleeing abuse.
“A small donation on someone’s part can actually make a significant different to someone else’s life,” Major Sandercock-Brown said.
“The Salvation Army is very faithful in using all the money that it’s given to change lives.
“Our message is hope where it is needed most.”
The Salvation Army is aiming to raise $8 million during its nation-wide Red Shield Appeal.
Major Sandercock-Brown said the branch was always thrilled with the generosity of the public.
“We get the most fantastic support from the community. The main collection day for us is the Sunday,” he said.
“The schools are great and we have a lot of students coming along for the door knock.
“We have been here in Parramatta since 1895 so we have a long association with this community.
“We want people to help who are hurting, lonely, grieving or in trouble and we need the community to do that. “
The annual fundraising campaign runs until the end of June but the door knocking days will be held on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28.
Donation buckets will be stationed at static points throughout the district and this year the Salvation Army has implemented a PayWave option.
To get involved phone 13 72 58 or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer.