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Sallies launch annual appeal week

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/05/2016

The Salvation Army says its core concern is children living in poverty, as it launches its annual Red Shield Appeal.

Monday marks the start of Red Shield week, and is the charity's biggest fundraising drive to raise money for Kiwis in desperate need.

In the first quarter of 2016, more than 10,000 families were provided emergency food parcels - almost nine per cent more than the same period last year, the Sallies say.

Over the past year, more than 120,000 adults and dependent children were provided either food parcels, or assistance with accommodation, social work, or addiction services.

Community Ministries major Pam Waugh says overcrowding remains an issue in main centres and provinces alike, with rising numbers of people living in unsuitable environments or on the streets.

"Numbers can numb the mind, but the individual human beings will break your heart," she said.

One client was caring for a pre-school granddaughter while living in a mainly male boarding house, with alcoholics and community mental health patients, she said.

The pair lived confined to their room until the Sallies intervened and relocated them.

Red Shield Appeal week runs from May 2 - 8.

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