It is approaching that time of year again when the town turns red.
The annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal will be held over the weekend of May 26 and 27, but before teams hit the streets, they will begin building their volunteer base.
"We need as many people as we can find to help out," said Lieutenant Kara Hartley, who is again organising this year's drive in Wagga.
Last year, the Salvos raised up to $16,468 in Wagga. But with a national target of $8 million this year, they will be hoping to reach $18,000.
Ahead of the two-day doorknock, the Salvos will be hosting a week of 'static points'. Volunteers will be stationed in 12 locations across the city with donations buckets.
"Sometimes people prefer to do it on their own, but for each static station, we look to have two volunteers.
"We have one lady, she's 91-years-old and she does it every year on her own. She just sits there knitting while she's talking to people, and it's just the best."
In the lead-up, the Salvos are encouraging residents to be prepared for a cold call asking about volunteer availability. But, following a recent spate of charity scams, Lieutenant Hartley is reminding the community to be sceptical.
"There are very specific questions that will be asked, and scammers won't know those questions," she said.
"Volunteers will have to collect a package from their nearest Salvation Army Church or community hall. They will also have to return these packages to the same place at the end."
Donations can only be made in person via a doorknocker or at a collection point. The charity will never request donations to be made over the phone.
Prospective doorknockers will only be asked to canvas their own neighbourhoods and will be identifiable by a signed lanyard.
"Every volunteer lanyard will have a card signed by either myself or [my husband] Stewart, we are the managers. No-one else can sign it and no-one will be allowed to go out without a signed lanyard.
"If you're not sure, ask to see their identification and if you're asked to donate by someone who is not wearing a signed lanyard, contact us."
As always, each donation will be issued with a tax-deductible receipt with the Salvation Army shield stamped on.