Charity overflows at local drop-off zone
THEY came with arms overflowing with donations and hearts full of generosity.
Residents living on the south side of town, cut off to the north of Emerald, didn’t let floodwaters dampen their spirit of giving.
Sally Edwards organised a donation drop-off point at the Mayfair Tavern on Monday, January 3, for residents to donate items to flood victims.
“I live on the south side of town and people were wanting to do something for those flooded on the other side, and this was the least we could do,” Sally said.
“The Mayfair Tavern was fantastic and I had help from my husband and the Harrold family.”
Within the first hours of the drop-off point being opened, all tables in the function room were full of baby clothes, toys, linen, towels, mens and ladies clothes, and some clothes still had the tags on them along with bigger items including furniture.
After the first day of accepting donations, Sally was able to take a large load of sheets, towels and clothing for women, men and children to the Red Cross at the Harvest Life evacuation centre to distribute.
“Little kids were bringing in their Christmas presents, one family brought in a bag full of things they received for Christmas,” she said.
“It’s just amazing, I did not expect this generosity. It blew me out of the water, the amount of people I had to turn away too.”