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Help us to help others – the Sallies’ Laurie Bell. Photo: Nikki South.

It seems an unenviable and insurmountable task – ‘fighting poverty and social distress’ and ‘transforming lives and reforming society’ in New Zealand

But it’s a task willingly taken on by the Salvation Army and its soldiers, like Tauranga mission co-ordinator Laurie Bell. Every year they help 120,000 New Zealanders, working to lift them out of poverty.

To do its social work, the Army and Laurie need the community’s help. It’s the annual Red Shield Appeal through until Saturday, May 6 when they ask us to give – helping them to help the desperate and under-privileged.

“This will be the sixtieth something time I have been involved in the annual Salvation Army appeal,” says Laurie.

He started when he was just eight in Lower Hutt. “Those days we would go door-to-door.” And for six weeks, every night after work, Laurie and his Dad, Major Colin Bell, would go out collecting.

Now the men and women in their distinctive military uniforms will be stationed outside seven Tauranga supermarkets for six days from Monday – Countdown at Greerton, Cameron Road, Fraser Cove, Bureta and Bethlehem; New World at Gate Pa; PAK’nSAVE on Cameron Road and The Crossing.

It’s about foot traffic – instead of Laurie going door-to-door, the public comes to the Salvation Army.

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Salvation Army Collection

Posted on 02-05-2018 15:58 | By LyricalSoul

I’m a Christian & I tithe to my church & I give above when I can, but I am limited on a benefit & I cannot give to every single charity for there are so many needs. I prefer to just add a $1 on my grocery bill like so many other charities do & I just find it too in your face & harassment when just about every week there is a charity outside the store asking for money.