Community urged to dig deep

New Sunbury Salvation Army Corps senior minister Kimberley Featherston. (Supplied)

By Oliver Lees

The Salvation Army Sunbury Corps’ new senior minister is appealing to the community to give back this winter.

Kimberley Featherston joined the Sunbury Corps in March having worked in other positions within the Salvation Army for eight years.

Ms Featherston said donations toward the charity’s Red Shield Appeal will go straight back into servicing the community.

“If we raise money in Sunbury, it comes back to the local community,” she said.

“We’re increasingly seeing a lot more family units that need help with things like bill assistance and social services.

“But a pattern that we’ve also seen in the area recently, is that homelessness is on the rise in Sunbury, so we want to be able to provide some sort of resource locally.”

Running across April, May and June annually, the Red Shield Appeal is a national donation drive designed to raise funds for people experiencing homelessness.

This year, the Salvation Army has established digital door knocking, which allows individuals to participate in fundraising and donate online.

Ms Featherston said she’s looking forward to fundraising for her new home.

“This community has been so welcoming, Sunbury really has a country feel that makes a difference,” she said.

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