Red Shield needs your support
SALVATION Army volunteer Robert Lord will never forget the time the Salvation Army provided him with a much-needed cuppa while he served as an engineer in the national service.
That’s part of the reason he decided to become a volunteer.
“I get a lot of comments about war time experiences ... where the Salvation Army provided some sustenance for them at the time. I experienced the same thing,” he said.
“ “I have a lot of sympathy for the battler and the person that’s down there and needs help,” he said. “Whether they’ve hit the bottom of the ladder through depression, marriage break-ups or relationships with their kids, there’s heaps of things that can drive you downwards.”
The Salvation Army in Lismore has 150 volunteers but needs another 100 for the Red Shield Appeal from May 23 to June 5.
The appeal covers 25% of the costs of the Salvation Army’s social operations each year. That includes programs such as the rehabilitation centres, crisis accommodation, and the Christmas hampers.
“If we don’t meet Red Shield Appeal targets then we’ve got to start looking at what projects we have to close down,” Salvation Army Lismore Corps officer Lindsay Reeves said.
The Salvation Army has assisted 2000 people through the homeless and accommodation support services over the past six months alone.
Volunteers will be collecting donations at Woolworths supermarkets, Big W, Masters, Lismore Square, Lismore Central, Bunnings, McDonalds and during some sporting events, particularly around Lismore and Alstonville.
Look for the red ponchos, red shield signs and collection buckets.