FLOOD DONATIONS: ‘We’ll tell you what we want, what we really, really want’

ABOVE: The What We Need list at the Woodburn Recovery Centre. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

When the floods hit our region on February 28, the greatest need was to be rescued.

As the days followed those who lost homes needed somewhere safe and dry to sleep.

Many went first to the evacuation centres set up in schools and churches.

Food and water were basics needs with many places cut off from supplies.

Mobile food vans came to Evans Head and Woodburn. Charity groups cooked up barbecues.

Donations of food and water came in.

Then clothes and bedding. There were so many donations, there wasnb;t enough room to put everything.

At the Casino Showgrounds, the room with all the donated goods looks like a department store.

Now on day 25, the needs have changed,

Every day at the Recovery Centre at the Woodburn McGeary Bros Shed, a list of what is needed is put up on a whiteboard.

Anything with a red asterisk means they need it desperately.

If you are thinking of donating items to a community, consider anything on the list above for Broadwater, Coraki or Woodburn.

Items such as antiseptic, torches, tarps, engine oil, first aid kits, gas cookers, butane, brooms, buckets and washing detergent are priorities.

Money of course is desperately needed. Go to the story below for places donate.

DONATIONS LIST: Give to help locals rebuild after floods

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