Red Shield Appeal 2017

Thank God for the Salvos: Michael and Lynn Wassenaar and Claire Watson are ready to collect donations for the Salvation Army from next week. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Thank God for the Salvos: Michael and Lynn Wassenaar and Claire Watson are ready to collect donations for the Salvation Army from next week. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Do not be shy when you hear the rattle of a red and white tin over the next fortnight.

Salvation Army volunteers will be collecting donations towards the Red Shield Appeal at the Murray Bridge Marketplace shopping centre during business hours for two weeks, starting next Monday, May 22.

Claire Watson said the funds raised would support more than 1000 programs across Australia.

In Murray Bridge, they include a social services centre which offers food vouchers, financial counselling, clothing, furniture and guidance to about 150 people every week.

"Single-parent families are generally doing it tougher," Mrs Watson said.

"Singles, people on Newstart, once they've paid their rent there's often very little to work with for daily expenses.

"That's where our financial counsellor can assist, negotiating with companies and utilities for a payment plan that will still let them meet their daily living expenses."

Community members are welcome at the cafe at the centre for a low-cost, quality meal between 11am and 1pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

A two-part budgeting workshop will also be run there over the next two Mondays.

"We're interested in the Salvos not only giving people a handout, but also a hand up so they can regain their dignity by caring for themselves," Mrs Watson said.

"(The workshops) will have lots of tips for managing income and expenditure."

Elsewhere, the Salvation Army aids survivors of domestic violence, provides emergency accommodation and helps people who need to go to court or find a job.

"God loves everyone and we want to show God's love in a practical way," Mrs Watson said.

She thanked the community members, football clubs and retailers who had supported, and would continue to support, the Salvos' work.

She also invited anyone with a little spare time, even two hours, to help out on the other side of the collection tin.

The Red Shield Appeal has been a national initiative of the Salvation Army since 1965.

The organisation provides 100,000 meals, up to 8000 food vouchers and 2000 beds to Australians every week.

  • Volunteer: Call Claire on 8531 1133.