THE Salvation Army started helping Kristy Goodall nine years ago.
The Balga resident has been giving back since then by collecting donations for the annual Red Shield Doorknock, which takes place on May 28 and 29.
“I went on a Salvation Army Youth Camp when I was 16 and enjoyed it so I started helping out with the youth groups,” Miss Goodall said.
“The chaplain from my school referred me to them and they’ve helped a lot as I grew up in a home that wasn’t helpful to a child.
“They gave me a place to go where I’d feel safe.
“Now I can give back to people who are in a position I was in.”
Miss Goodall, Christina Wallis, Ben Hollis and Michael Hepworth are among hundreds of West Australians who will volunteer for this month’s Red Shield Doorknock.
Miss Wallis, of Churchlands, has been volunteering for the appeal shaking tins in shopping centres for the past two years.
The Doorways case manager said money raised during the annual Red Shield Appeal allowed the Salvation Army to help people in various ways.
“Some people come up and tell me their stories of how we have helped them, it’s really cool,” she said.
The 2016 Red Shield Appeal was launched last week and people can help by volunteering to doorknock or shake tins across Perth.
People can raise money various ways, including hosting a Red Day at their office or selling cupcakes to friends.