Around $7000 is needed to help the Gloucester and Taree region Salvation Army meet its $26,000 target for the 2018 Red Shield Appeal.
Around 70 volunteers worked to collect donations on May 26 and May 27 in Taree, Wingham, Old Bar and Gloucester and as at May 29, the fundraising total is around $19,000 – $7000 short of the target.
Volunteers manned donation sites in Taree Central, Bunnings, Old Bar Coles and Wingham Plaza, with volunteers in Gloucester working to doorknock local homes seeking donations. Nationally, the Red Shield Appeal will also seek to try to boost donations before June 30 as it is around $3 million short of its $7.5 million target.
Major Michael Hogg said money raised in the region would go towards the numerous social and welfare services that assist vulnerable people in our community.
Hardship does not discriminate. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance. We need public support now more than ever.- Major Michael Hogg
“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home.
“Even a relatively small contribution can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life.”
The need to meet the local Red Shield Appeal target is increasingly important as revenue from its Taree family store has been dramatically impacted by the Pulteney Street roadworks. Thieves also recently forced entry to its citadel in Taree to destroy two safes in the search for cash.
Major Hogg said donations can be accepted at the Salvation Army Family Store in Pulteney Street, or at the new pop-up op shop at the citadel in Manning Street, Taree. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
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