Salvation Army appeal raises about $15,000

Southlanders have donated about $15,000 to this year's Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

The week-long annual appeal, and the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser of the year, was held last week with more than 100 collectors in various locations across the city and on the street accepting donations.

Invercargill Salvation Army captain Annette Bray said the Invercargill Salvation Army raised $15,000, up from the $14,000 it raised in last year's appeal.

Donations would go towards supportive services such as life skills programmes and budgeting advice, as well as emergency help with food and clothing.

People had also called during the week saying they could not donate money but instead donated clothes, she said.

The organisation was grateful for the community support, she said.

The Southland Times recently ran a series called "Hands in need: Social services under pressure". The series highlighted some of the issues Southlanders are facing.

These included social services in Invercargill being inundated with calls for help as more families in the city needed assistance, and more elderly Southlanders putting their hands out for help.

Invercargill's food banks were low on stock and more homeless people were being helped. Problem gambling was also still an issue in Invercargill, but more people were taking steps to ask for help.

The Southland Times