Volunteers knocking on doors and shaking red buckets is a common sight during the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, but this year things are different.
Instead of going door-to-door or manning a desk at a shopping centre, the appeal is being run online until the end of June.
The Red Shield Appeal is the Salvation Army's major national fundraiser and complements the local fundraising done in Griffith.
One of the reasons for the shift is COVID-19 and the risk it poses to older members of the community.
"A lot of our volunteers are over 70 and so they have higher risk, so we can't ask them to be out in public," Major Lyn Cathcart said.
"We can't knock on everyone's door."
Major Cathcart said volunteers would normally set up near supermarkets each year.
Fortunately the Salvos' shop on Banna Avenue has recently re-opened.
Major Cathcart said residents had supported the shop and the charity, as had the landlord who helped with rent while the shop was closed
That strong support is important because Major Cathcart said there had been an increase in people asking for help following the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, but it had changed.
"We're seeing people who don't normally ask for help," she said.
"Because some have got JobSeeker, they're not asking for help because they're managing.
"Aged and disability pensioners are still struggling, it's more than the Newstart allowance, but a few people do struggle."
For people who were struggling to make ends meet, Major Cathcart said their Community Connection program ran from 10am to 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and for $20 provided essential food items.
Much of the donated products include tinned food, fresh veggies, washing powder, pasta and breakfast cereal.
She said it was what people needed so they could survive.
While more people were asking for help, Major Cathcart said many charities were finding it tough as well.
"There are a lot of charities which are struggling, many of them have lost their major fundraisers," she said.
She said Griffith residents were usually very generous and hoped people would continue to support the Salvation Army.
Donations are being accepted at Westpac branches, the Salvation Army church and the Banna Avenue shop.
You can also donate by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.au or calling 13 72 58.