BATHURST residents have once again given generously during the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal.
The annual fundraiser collects donations to support the organisation's many community programs, both locally and nationally.
For the second year in a row, Bathurst has operated primarily with static collection points in the city's three major shopping centres, which are run by local volunteers.
Lieutenant Kate Cathcart, who came to Bathurst in January, said this method seemed to be the way forward for the appeal.
"I'm not going to say that we will never doorknock again, because it's not true, we might, but definitely at the moment the static points seem to be the better option," she said.
"We think people seem to appreciate that as well. People are out and about, so there isn't a sense of having to answer the door."
She said that those who stopped by the collection points gave generously, whether it was handing over what loose change they had, or larger donations.
"There was definitely a good sense of generosity here," she said.
"What's really awesome, and what we really love, is when parents are teaching their kids to give or when the kids by themselves want to give.
"We get to have the conversation with the children about what we do and what the needs are."
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Lt Cathcart thanked the Bathurst community for donating to the appeal, as well as the volunteers that spent time at collection points.
"They're a good group of people who are happy to help and happy to give, and they do it out of the goodness of their hearts," she said.