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KINDNESS: Major Phillip Pleffer has relocated to Albury with his wife Irene after working with the Salvos in the Sydney suburb of Newtown. Picture: DERRICK KRUSCHE
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The SalvationArmy is calling on Border residents to register for the Red Shield Appeal later this month.

Major Phillip Pleffer, who has been a Salvation Army officer for the past 33 years,said they needed as many volunteers as they could get.

“The Red Shield Appeal is our annual doorknock that the Salvation Army conducts Australia-wide,” he said. “It’s to raise money to help in the local community and also in the wider community with our programs such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

“So it’s very important that we have the finances to be able to do that.”

The Salvation Army is hoping to recruit100,000 volunteer collectors nationwide to help make the doorknock a success.

The Red Shield Appeal runs over the weekend beginningMay 28,culminating with Doorknock Sunday on May 29.This dateis timely given the weather, according toMajor Pleffer.“If anyone’s sleeping rough, winter is a time when it’s more difficult,” he said.

Major Pleffer saidhomelessness did not just comprise of people sleeping on the streets but also thosewithout steady accommodation.

Before the doorknock, volunteer collectorswill get a kit that includes a charity identification tag and a receipt tag.Afterwards, participantsreceive an appreciation certificate that children and teenagers can use on their resume. A food voucher is also gifted.

Puttinga number on the amount of homelessin Albury-Wodonga was difficult.

“We get quite a number of people here coming for assistance,” Major Pleffer said. “So if that’s anything to go on, there’s still people around who have fallen between the cracks.”

Major Pleffer said people should volunteer because it wouldinstila sense of community belonging.

“I think it gives people a spirit of being community-minded by helping out those in less fortunate circumstances,” he said. “You get the joy knowing that you’ve helped someone else.”

Major Pleffer dismissed perceptions of homeless people as drug addicts or lazy.

“Nobody knows what’s ahead of them,” he said. “Sometimes things happen and people find themselves in situations like that through no fault of their own.”

The community can register to volunteer online at salvos.org419论坛 or call (02) 6025 4996.

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