More in need of help now following summer of disasters
THE Salvation Army needs donations more than ever to support the Fraser Coast following the summer of disasters and the growing calls for help in the community.
The annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock is the Salvos' biggest fundraising event and this year it will happen on May 25 and 26.
Hervey Bay corps officer Lyn Cook said the donations needed had risen by about 20% following the summer of flooding and disasters.
"We now have people from Bundaberg who have moved into the area after the floods but don't have any household items," she said.
"A single mother of four children has no fridge or washing machine and has been washing clothes by hand and living out of an esky.
"It's not a good way to live."
Major Cook said the annual appeal was vital for the Salvos' services to continue.
"We have a big need in our community here in Hervey Bay and last year we received $16,000 for the Red Shield Appeal but we've given out more than $100,000 in welfare assistance," she said.
For those at the Fraser Coast Show the Salvos will have collection tins for the crowd to donate.
National goal of $79 million
The first Red Shield Appeal Doorknock was held in 1965
The appeal helps more than one million Australians each year