APPEAL DATES: Major Colin Young is looking for volunteers and donations for the Red Shield Appeal on May 30 and 31.
APPEAL DATES: Major Colin Young is looking for volunteers and donations for the Red Shield Appeal on May 30 and 31.

Get ready to dig deep for homeless in Red Shield Appeal

ON DAYS when the Grafton Salvation Army has run out money, Major Colin Young wonders how his church will help the people that reach out.

"All I can say is there is nothing left," Mr Young said.

But then his faith is rewarded when he opens the office doors and a stranger offers him $1000.

Mr Young said this week alone he saw so many cases that needed donations like that generous surprise.

"One woman I met this week lives in a tent," he said. "She was so far behind in her rent and electricity she doesn't know where to begin.

"With this week's wet weather I can't imagine what she went through. We were able to give her some clothes and a blanket and the blanket alone kept her on an even keel."

This week also brought forward a man with anxiety and depression who was evicted from his home over $50 and a family who live in their car.

"Because of the publicity the Red Shield Appeal has received most people are willing to give," Mr Young said.

"The biggest issue is not enough volunteers ready to go door knocking."

The Red Shield Appeal is on May 30 and 31. Donate your time by phoning Major Young on 0419 612 446 or turn up on the day at the Salvation Army office, 91 Oliver St.

 



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