More families than ever before are turning to the Salvation Army for help, according to Craigieburn captain Peter Brookshaw.

Mr Brookshaw said an increasing number of Craigieburn families are experiencing mortgage stress as they struggle to keep up with the cost of living.

He said being based in a growing area meant there was often new families seeking help.

The Craigieburn Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help collect donations for this year’s Red Shield Appeal on May 25-26.

The annual appeal raises money for the Salvation Army’s financial support and emergency assistance services.

“We have community lunches and take our food van out every week, so we are doing what we can to help. Any financial support we can get would be appreciated,” Mr Brookshaw said.

“The Salvos can only continue to meet the local community’s needs with the support of volunteers.

“The Red Shield Appeal is a fun and simple way the community can really make a difference in alleviating the hardship being faced by so many people. We need the public’s support now to ensure we can continue to help those doing it tough.”

To volunteer for the appeal, visit: www.salvationarmy.org.au