Keep the aid com­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

CHAR­I­TIES say as­sis­tance for vic­tims of the South-West bush­fires will be re­quired for some time, as they strug­gle to sort through and dis­trib­ute the huge num­ber of items that have al­ready been do­nated.

St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Fitz­patrick re­it­er­ated that the best way peo­ple could help was through fi­nan­cial do­na­tions, but was grate­ful that Perth busi­nesses were as­sist­ing char­i­ties like his that have reached burst­ing point for other do­na­tions.

“We are grate­ful that peo­ple have recog­nised us as an im­por­tant av­enue for the dis­tri­bu­tion of wel­fare sup­port, how­ever we do not have the ca­pac­ity or re­sources to ac­cept any fur­ther in-kind do­na­tions,” Mr Fitz­patrick said.

“If the Perth pub­lic are able to de­liver their do­na­tions to al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions, like Hawai­ian’s shop­ping cen­tres, it most cer­tainly al­le­vi­ates the pres­sure.”

Hawai­ian is work­ing with the Wa­roona Re­cov­ery Com­mit­tee, which is co-or­di­nat­ing a col­lec­tion of house­hold goods. Its chain of shop­ping cen­tres have re­in­stalled Gold Giv­ing Boxes, their do­na­tion col­lec­tion points used dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son, to ac­cept items that peo­ple want de­liv­ered to those in Yar­loop, Wa­roona and other South­West fire-af­fected ar­eas.

Sug­gested do­na­tions in­clude new small kitchen ap­pli­ances, din­ner­ware, bath­room and bed­room linen, chil­dren’s toys and toi­letries.

“We will en­sure that th­ese goods are de­liv­ered di­rectly to the re­cov­ery teams on the ground,” Hawai­ian chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Gibbs said.

Mr Fitz­patrick said the com­mu­nity had been over­whelm­ingly gen­er­ous in its re­sponse to help­ing peo­ple af­fected by the bush­fires.

“The Vin­nies shops, es­pe­cially at Wa­roona and Pin­jarra, have been in­un­dated with goods and we have had to call on Vin­nies vol­un­teers in Perth to go to the shops and help sort items, as the shops are be­yond ca­pac­ity,” he said. “Peo­ple’s need will be on­go­ing for some time and Vin­nies will con­tinue to pro­vide as­sis­tance and sup­port as long as there is a need.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d448705

Sian Thomp­son do­nates goods with The Mezz client ser­vices man­ager Sophie Brin­klow.

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