Beautiful? response to plight of fire family
WHEN Harvey Norman franchisee Don Bartlett was driving home on Sunday afternoon he saw a North Lismore house engulfed in smoke.
Little did he know that yesterday he would be meeting Shelley Andrews, the woman who lost everything she owned in the same blaze.
Harvey Norman donated a $1400 package, including a refrigerator, washing machine and TV to Shelley and her two children.
"I've never even owned any brand new appliances or furniture before," said Shelley.
"The response from the community has been absolutely beautiful."
Shelley said her sister, Chrissy Andrews-Govett, had been swamped with phone calls following an appeal for help in yesterday's Northern Star.
"We don't need any more beds, clothes or teddy bears," said Chrissy.
"We've had bags of clothes donated and offers of six beds."
She said the family was now in need of basic personal items such as underwear and toiletries.
If you can help phone Chrissy on 6629 5785. If you can't reach Chrissy phone Northern Star editor Russell Eldridge on 6620 0500.
Donations to 6pm yesterday:
THE Northern Star, $500; Harvey Norman, $1400 package; Keen Sports, Running shoes; Fundamental Foods, $200 worth of vitamins; Toy Kingdom, $50 voucher; Factory Direct Bedding Ballina, queen ensemble bed; Rainbow Health Centre, free diagnostic testing and products; The Professionals Lismore, weekend holiday; Pioneer Tavern Wollongbar, free meal and gift voucher; Captain Snooze Ballina, feather pillows and manchester; Robyn Sparks, Tullera cottage rent-free
Other donations from Bexhill Public School, Vistara Public School, Lismore Judo Club, Gibson Amcal Chemist, Coraki FM, Lismore Bahais, Tim and Jaya's Market Stall at the Lismore Carboot Markets, Lismore Taxi Trucks, and many local residents.