Salvos recruiting collectors
THE Salvation Army has a well-deserved reputation for helping those down on their luck.
Now the charity is in need, with a plea going out for volunteers to help with its upcoming Red Shield Appeal doorknock.
Salvation Army captain Greg Pack said the target for the Ipswich region was $35,000.
"Last year we had a target of $28,000 and we raised $35,160," he said.
"That was flood time. On top of that we had a flood appeal.
"It's a low socio-economic area so there's always a demand for our services.
"Our main thing these days with the appeal, we need each driver to be Blue Card current.
"We also encourage families to come. If the parents are drivers, they don't need a Blue Card.
"We're just looking for an hour or two of their day."
A launch for the "business" appeal will be held on May 16, with the general Red Shield doorknock appeal on May 19 and 20.
"We'll also do a winter appeal to stock up on blankets and warmer clothing," Capt Pack said.
"Some weeks the Ipswich budget will get stretched because of the demand that's out there.
"The greatest need is food assistance.
"Our welfare office is open six days a week and we get phone calls after hours."
To volunteer for the doorknock, visit salvos.org.au or call 3812 3117.