Salvos do­na­tions sorely needed

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army is pre­par­ing for the an­nual Red Shield Ap­peal at the end of this month.

The ap­peal col­lects do­na­tions to put to­wards Sal­va­tion Army pro­grams across Aus­tralia.

Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Arm cap­tain Lynn Boughton said do­na­tions made dur­ing the ap­peal helped keep lo­cal pro­grams such as the women’s refuge and emer­gency re­lief door­ways pro­gram run­ning in town.

“Here in Kar­ratha, the fund­ing goes to­wards us be­ing open to help peo­ple in need,” she said.

“Most peo­ple are aware it funds a whole heap of things the Sal­va­tion Army does right around the coun­try, but what the money goes to lo­cally is just as im­por­tant.

“More of­ten than not, peo­ple who give will be the ones who re­ceive as well. This time, they may be able to give be­cause last year they were in need.”

Mrs Boughton said any groups, clubs or in­di­vid­u­als could con­tact the lo­cal branch if they wanted to help out over the week.

She said job losses were still a ma­jor driver of lo­cals com­ing into the of­fice seek­ing as­sis­tance.

Sal­va­tion Army spokesman War­ren Palmer said front­line ser­vices were un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure.

“Do­na­tions to the Red Shield Ap­peal al­low us to con­tinue to meet the chang­ing needs of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“For many peo­ple, hard times can sim­ply be one pay cheque away, with many fam­i­lies in the lo­cal Kar­ratha area do­ing it tough and re­ly­ing on The Sal­va­tion Army for sup­port.”

In a typ­i­cal week, The Salvos pro­vides 100,000 meals, 2000 beds for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness, dis­trib­utes up to 8000 gro­cery vouch­ers and pro­vides refuge for 500 peo­ple flee­ing abuse.

The Salvos will have a stall set up at Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre on May 27 and 28 for any­one want­ing to do­nate.

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