Sunday, May 29, 2011

Red Shield Sunday

In Australia, today is Red Shield Sunday.  Today is the day that thousands of Australians, including; Salvos, school kids and supporting charities, will get out in the streets, knock on doors and ask for your cash.

It all goes towards a worthy cause.  The flood clean up and financial assistance program is one that is probably in the forefront of our minds.  However, the Salvo's have been around for over one hundred years and they have pioneered many social services in our community today.  Chaplaincy in prisons (especially for women), children's services, missing persons and family reunions, Christian teaching and fellowship, housing for domestic violence victims, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, are all examples of when the Salvo's stepped up and reached out to those in need.  Regardless of who you are or where you come from you will likely have a need one day.  It may not be practical or financial, it may not be spiritual or emotional but it may be both. 

While there are hundreds of volunteers who serve The Salvation Army every year, many of their worthy programs can not happen without financial support from your pocket.  So when the cute white uniforms, the bright coloured polo shirts or the school kids in jeans arrive at your door today, give what you can.  If only 5 million people give one dollar to this cause there will be 5 million dollars.  If you can give more that would be great, but every little bit counts.  So, get out your coin jars and the five bucks you have hidden for a rainy day and hand it over. 

If you ever have that rainy day, the Salvo's will be there with the ark!