THE devastating bush fire disaster gripping the State has left dozens of families with little more than the clothes on their back while others are still facing the uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to their homes and properties.
The bush fire disaster has prompted numerous calls across NSW for assistance for those affected by the tragedy.
Disaster Welfare officers are asking the generosity of the broader public and corporate field be focussed in a helpful way to assist those in need.
Allison Rowlands, NSW Director of Disaster Welfare, said past experiences show the public is extremely generous in its willingness to donate.
“To help us help the affected communities and to reduce the amount of unsuitable goods being donated we ask that the following be considered,” she said.
“Goods donated are often expensive to sort, store, distribute and dispose of. Donated goods also disadvantage local businesses as they reduce the need to purchase locally.”
“We know from those past experiences that donations of money are much more useful than goods as they provide choice and independence to affected communities."
Members of the public who wish to donate are asked to do so via the Salvation Army donation appeal on www.salvos.org.au or call the Salvation Army on 137 258.
Please don’t organise appeals for donated goods, you might be left with them if no one wants to take them.
“With your help we will help them,” Ms Rowlands said.