Statistics show that in a typical week the Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals for those in need, 2000 beds for the homeless, distribute up to 8000 grocery vouchers and provide refuge for 500 people fleeing abuse Australia wide.
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With such a need for their services the Salvos are obviously under pressure to keep up with demand.
It takes a lot of financial support to keep their priceless service going.
That’s why it’s so important we all dig deep this week to help them raise the $8 million nationally they are aiming for.
The Cowra Salvation Army are aiming to raise $12,000.
All this week, up until Sunday, May 28 the Salvos will be outside Aldi and Woolworths Supermarkets collecting donations.
For those that don’t know, the Salvation Army has a long and proud history of charitable works.
It started in Australia in approximately 1880.
It had began in London, and came to Australia via immigrants who had been converted to their cause.
When war came, the Salvos, which included many first-generation Christians, were also on the battlefield supplying nurses, ambulances and chaplains.
The Salvos were there again through subsequent wars through the 20th century, which played a large role in the place they hold in Australian society.
The Red Shield Appeal began in 1965, as a way to raise money to support the services that were assisting so many people in the community.
Right now, our country has never been richer. Across the board our standard of living continues to improve.
But these gains and opportunities have not been distributed evenly in our community.
With millions of Australians living on the margins, the work of the Salvos is vital.
The Red Shield Appeal slogan – Give hope where it’s needed most – says it all. If you can, please show your support in one way of another this week please do so.
Recognising that not everyone deals in cash in today’s world the Salvo’s welcome donations online.
This year you can also tap and go with your credit card outside the two supermarkets, making it easier than ever to lend a helping hand.
You can still request a receipt when making a tap and go donation if you wish.
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