This year's Red Shield Appeal yielded both donations and heartwarming stories as people across the Illawarra shared some of their struggles to volunteers over the weekend.
On Sunday, the church received about $60,000 in donations.
"A family donated and commented on the wonderful support given by the Salvos in Wollongong while their child faced addiction problems," said a Salvation Army spokeswoman.
A Vietnam veteran drove to the organisation's office to donate because he had been helped by the church during the war.
"He wasn't going to be home during the appeal, so he went out of his way," the spokeswoman said.
Volunteers were briefed about the royal commission into child abuse, but thankfully weren't hassled about it, she said.
You can still donate at salvos .org.au or by calling 137 258.