Dona­tions of food, wa­ter help fire ef­forts

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

LO­CAL com­mu­ni­ties an­swered the call for help to get food and wa­ter to help fire­fight­ers at dis­trict fires in the past week.

Kirsty Green was one of those in­stru­men­tal in col­lect­ing items and get­ting them to fire­fight­ers at Blooms­bury and Con­way be­tween Thurs­day last week and Tues­day.

All dona­tions have now stopped be­ing taken at Carter Truck Hire where Miss Green had been stock­pil­ing sup­plies and get­ting them trucked to fire­fight­ers when needed.

Dur­ing the week Miss Green worked in with other do­na­tion points at the Sal­va­tion Army in Can­non­vale and helped trans­port their do­nated items to where they were needed.

Miss Green said she had orig­i­nally started col­lect­ing for re­lief ef­forts in Mackay, but was told they were not needed.

She then found out more about the fires at Con­way and Blooms­bury and the dona­tions were di­verted to there. Some do­nated bot­tled wa­ter is still left over, but Miss Green said that will be kept for use in fu­ture emer­gen­cies in the re­gion.

Non-per­ish­able food that was left over will be do­nated to com­mu­nity groups need­ing it.

Miss Green was pleased with the way the com­mu­nity came to­gether to help oth­ers dur­ing an im­por­tant time of need.

“I was re­ally proud of our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“They know how to get to­gether and get it done.

“Every five min­utes I was get­ting peo­ple do­nat­ing things.

“It’s ev­ery­one I’m so proud of that just started do­nat­ing things.”

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