Digital doorknockers needed for Salvation Army appeal

It is a lifeline to people in need and as it closes its doors for one final time, the Murray Bridge Salvation Army wants to assure the community of one thing.

COMMUNITY: Murray Bridge officer Claire Watson and Terry Haskall out the front of the Murray Bridge branch. Photo: Matt Welch.

COMMUNITY: Murray Bridge officer Claire Watson and Terry Haskall out the front of the Murray Bridge branch. Photo: Matt Welch.

With The Salvation Army calling on community members to volunteer with the annual Red Shield Appeal, it says there is an urgency for 'Digital Doorknockers'.

These volunteers are asked to help raise $32 million to fund over 2000 centres and services across Australia for its flagship fundraiser to help those in need.

One of those 2000 centres, the Murray Bridge Salvation Army branch is calling on help from the community as its Cafe Connection section will close its doors for the final time on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Murray Bridge Salvation Army officer, Claire Watson said the branch is very important to the community.

"It's an important place where people can find company if they're lonely," Watson said.

"People can also find help if they are struggling, and they can discover faith if they are searching."

Giving back to the people in need can help volunteers' mental health, create friendships and help find something missing within their lives.

"Helping others is one way that I get to express my belief in God," Watson said.

"God loves every person, so we like to support his message in a practical way that can help benefit the community members of Murray Bridge. We do have a lot of volunteers here at the Murray Bridge location, but we're always searching for more to help out. If anyone would like to volunteer they can pop in and have a chat."

If volunteering physically isn't a possibility, the Red Shield Appeal is still on and people are urged to donate if possible. The Murray Bridge Salvation Army also want to set the record straight.

"People can donate either in person here at the Murray Bridge location, or through the website," Watson said.

"The Cafe here is closing next week and some people think we are leaving Murray Bridge. The Cafe may be closing next week, but the Salvos is here to stay. We just want to reassure the the community we're staying in town. We'll still have the thrift shop, community support if people need help, and they can call 8531 1133 for help. That line is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."

The first and third Thursday of every month will now have a 'Connect' day at the Murray Bridge Salvos.

From 5pm there will be a community dinner for $2 per person. A discussion group will follow from 6pm.

With homelessness services stretched, this year's 56th annual Red Shield Appeal is vitally important.

Mark Foyle, of Salvos South Australia said the South Australian community has always faithfully backed The Salvos.

"Last year through generous support of the Murray Bridge community, through the Red Shield Appeal, we were able to run a grants program for clients to assist them secure goods or services to help their quality of life, secure employment or settle into a new home," Foyle said.

The Salvos are encouraging the community to become 'Digital Doorknockers' by creating an online fundraising page to raise money for their local Salvos.

To become a Digital Doorknocker, visit https://tinyurl.com/SalvosDigitaldoororknck, create your personalised page and share it with your family, friends and fellow community members.

Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation at www.salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS. You can also donate at any Salvos Store.

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