The Salvation Army are calling on the community for help during the annual Red Shield Appeal

DONATION: Rouse Hill Salvation Army Major Topher Holland will be knocking on doors and collecting donations for the Red Shield Appeal. Picture: Geoff Jones

DONATION: Rouse Hill Salvation Army Major Topher Holland will be knocking on doors and collecting donations for the Red Shield Appeal. Picture: Geoff Jones

Grab a bucket and put on your walking shoes because Rouse Hill’s Salvation Army needs your help. 

Every year the generosity of the public is amazing. We are only able to do what we are able to do because people are so generous - San Holland

The branch is calling on residents to dig deep into their pockets for spare change or give a few hours of their time for this year’s Red Shield Appeal. 

Major San Holland is encouraging community members to sign up as a volunteer for the annual campaign.

“We are always in need of more volunteers. We are often short on door collectors and generally it’s only a two or three hour stint on the day,” Major Holland said.

“There are a number of ways people can be involved. They can be collectors on the day, volunteer to collect at one of our static points.”

“They can contact us and tell us what they can do.

“One of the ways to help is to give. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a huge amount because every bit helps. It all adds up.”

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. 

Major Holland said the Rouse Hill branch aimed to provide support to people struggling in the community. 

“We try and help people with whatever they need – whether it’s financial or loneliness,” Major Holland said. 

“Everyone is struggling because prices are going up and rentals are going up. 

“I think what we aim to do in Rouse Hill is to keep our eyes and ears open to people in need.”

The Salvation Army is aiming to raise $8 million during its nation-wide Red Shield Appeal.

Captain Holland said the branch was always ‘blown away’ by the generosity of the community. 

“Every year the generosity of the public is amazing. It’s incredible what comes in during the appeal,” Major Holland said.

“We are only able to do what we are able to do because people are so generous.

“We are hoping to raise as much as possible. We have been blow away by the generosity of people in previous years.”

The annual fundraising campaign runs until the end of June but the door knocking day will be held on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28.

To get involved phone 13 72 58 or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer.

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