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BUCKETFULS OF GENEROSITY: Lynn Bartley (centre) with her band of generous volunteers, Bunnings and Amart All Sports staff. tm-130111-003
BUCKETFULS OF GENEROSITY: Lynn Bartley (centre) with her band of generous volunteers, Bunnings and Amart All Sports staff. tm-130111-003

THE SES Household Resource Centre is crying out for volunteers to assist with the overwhelming generosity of Emerald residents.

As more and more residents get back into their homes and rebuild their lives after the devastating floods, the SES is struggling to meet demand.

Household Resource Centre coordinator Lynn Bartley said the SES has filled more than 50 homes with furniture and goods donated by the community, but there were still more items needed.

“We need the bigger things for people,” Lynn said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with people’s generosity with clothes, sheets, toys and things like that, but now we’re really struggling to get the bigger items.”

In desperate need are queen and double bed mattresses and frames, wardrobes and cupboards.

“But more importantly, we need volunteers to help us sort and start distributing what we have.”

Tables and chairs were also on the list but, thanks to a $7000 donation from Bunnings Mackay, which arrived on Thursday, they are no longer a priority.

The Emerald Neighbourhood Centre received a share of Mackay’s Amart All Sports $5000 sporting equipment donation.

The two companies transported out the $12,000 combined donation to Emerald, and staff worked with the SES to deliver the goods to residents.

“I can’t thank Bunnings and Amart All Sports enough for their generous donations,” Lynn said.

“Also, the Maitland Mercury has called us and said whatever we need, they’ll get it for us.”

To volunteer at the SES’ Household Resource Centre, phone Lynn 0427 858 443.

“I can’t thank Bunnings and Amart All Sports enough...” Lynn Bartley


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