Fewer people at home to answer the Salvos’ Red Shield Appeal

A COMBINATION of people not being home and possible financial uncertainty has meant fewer donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

Major Cathy Rogerson said they had banked $4000 from doorknocking yesterday, but donations from outlying areas, sporting fields and schools were not yet in. They had banked about $8000 by this time last year.

It’s not all doom and gloom, with $13,000 raised before the official doorknock.

Major Rogerson said a lot of people were not home when door knockers called.

STILL TIME TO GIVE: Major Cathy Rogerson collects a donation from Tamworth’s Evie Adamson during the Red Shield Appeal. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250514GOC01

STILL TIME TO GIVE: Major Cathy Rogerson collects a donation from Tamworth’s Evie Adamson during the Red Shield Appeal. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 250514GOC01

She said that, on average, collectors said one in five houses had people home to donate.

“Most people donated around the $5, so not huge donations,” Major Rogerson said.

“I think most charities would look and say they’re down this year.” The appeal attracted about 250 volunteers, which, she said, was a good number.

Major Rogerson said they would have the final tally in two or three weeks.

If you were not home when volunteer knocked, rang and tapped at your door, or wish to boost your donation, you can give at any Westpac Bank, Red Shield Store or the Salvation Army Centre on Goonoo Goonoo Rd.

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