This Tuesday June 30 marks the close of the Salvos' 2020 Red Shield Appeal and while the COVID-19 pandemic presented some major challenges for The Salvation Army's annual fundraiser, the Singleton community has generously risen to the challenge!
Salvation Army Singleton Corps Officer, David Hopewell, says the local community's commitment to the service will ensure that Salvos can go on delivering key social programs to the Upper Hunter.
"In the months, and perhaps years to come, we anticipate seeing some of the greatest need that we've seen in our 140-year history serving Australians.
"We know that there are so many in our community who have lost their jobs or had their hours dramatically reduced and we appreciate that this is a very uncertain and frightening time for them.
"The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock in Singleton will stay in Upper Hunter communities and help fund a range of local social services," says Auxiliary Lieutenant Hopewell.
The Singleton Red Shield Appeal has raised over $16,000 with significant contributions from Singleton Council, Bulga Coal and Bloomfield Group Foundation.
A joint program initiated by Singleton Council and Singleton Business Chamber has also provided The Salvation Army with 100 Spend In Singleton transaction cards which will help bolster the Salvos' existing offering for people experiencing financial hardship.
"We are incredibly grateful to the community and business partners in this region because we are acutely aware that we simply couldn't deliver our social programs and services without this support.
"We thank the Singleton and wider Upper Hunter communities for partnering with us and for bringing help and hope to those facing these challenging times," says Auxiliary Lieutenant Hopewell.
Anyone in the Upper Hunter region in need of financial assistance or emotional support should contact The Salvation Army Singleton on 6572 2690