Com­mu­nity sup­port

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

FOL­LOW­ING a dev­as­tat­ing house fire last week in Gat­ton, sup­port has been slowly build­ing up for the fire vic­tims.

So far, nine peo­ple have con­tacted the Gat­ton Star of­fice to of­fer some form of as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing dona­tions of cash, clothes and fur­ni­ture.

Re­ceiv­ing next to no help from au­thor­i­ties, fire vic­tim Char­lene Manuel said she was eter­nally grate­ful for peo­ple’s sup­port.

“I didn’t think I would get any­thing but to hear that it gives me a big lift to know that I can start again,” Ms Manuel said.

“With all these peo­ple help­ing I re­ally thank them and ap­pre­ci­ate it, I just don’t know what to do.”

Beds, wash­ing ma­chines and din­ing suites have been of­fered to the fam­ily but with no ac­com­mo­da­tion, dona­tions of large items had to be put on hold.

The fam­ily hopes to find ac­com­mo­da­tion as soon as pos­si­ble to re­turn to nor­mal life.

They fear if they don’t find ac­com­mo­da­tion soon the fam­ily will have to ask New Zealand au­thor­i­ties to help them re­turn to the coun­try.

■ The Gat­ton Star of­fice is ac­cept­ing dona­tions for the fam­ily at 45 North Street, Gat­ton, and is open from 8.30am-5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

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