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By Christine Rumleskie

A red shield could help protect the country’s neediest citizens.

The month of May is dedicated to Salvation Armies across the globe. To make the most of the proclamation, the local branch is participating the Red Shield Appeal Fundraiser.

The money will go into a fund, which can be used by Salvation Armies in need.

Captain Ben Lippers says although the Fort St. John branch has become financially self-sustainable, there are many Salvation Armies that could use the money.

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In the 2009 Red Shield Appeal, the local organization raised $5,000, and Lippers says the goal is to double that amount for 2010.

The Salvation Army provides numerous programs to citizens of all backgrounds. The local branch offers an emergency shelter as well as a severe weather shelter. It also provides warm meals to the homeless and services to get people back on their feet.

Lippers says the organization also sends alcoholics and drug abusers to rehabilitation programs in the lower mainland.

He says when people contribute to the Red Shield fund, it ensures more people have access to similar services across Canada.

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Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by visiting the Salvation Army on 100th Avenue.

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