Fire recovery needs money more than donated goods
THE community rallied after news broke of the fires at Busbys Flat and Rappville.
The message coming from those in the know is that no more food, clothing or household items are needed, mainly because it is just too difficult to organise and many people have nowhere to put them, except for Our Two Hands, which calls for specific donations to suit a particular family.
Money, fuel cards, tools and building materials are a better way to donate at this point in time, or contact a charity organising theses things, like BlazeAid.
And thank you to each and every one of you making a difference to our community by helping out in some way.
Our Two Hands
The Casino charity run by Bianca Bowman and James Macdonald responds on a family-by-family basis and posts regular updates on its Facebook page and lists exactly what is needed. At this stage it is only collecting the essentials listed in each post as donations, as well as non-perishable food items, medical supplies, pet food and water. "We do not want to overwhelm anyone with things they are not mentally or physically able to take on, that will come in the coming week," Bianca said. "At this stage we are in emergency support stages. People have no place to store things and no real clarity on what they will need." Go to the Our Two Hands Facebook page for details and updates.
Casino Golf Club has set up a free shop in the Rappville canteen at the showgrounds where fire-affected residents can collect food, nappies, dog food and other donated goods. The canteen is open from 10am every day and is the co-ordination point. Volunteers are needed for drop-offs at Drake, Ewingar and Ellangowan. Phone manager Andrew Porter on 0402036708.
Casino Golf Club has set up an account for fire relief. To date, $25,000 has been received and $9000 of fuel vouchers given out. To donate, account details are: Summerland Credit Union, name: Fire Aid, BSB: 728 728, account: 2232 5706. Cash donations can also be made at all Summerland Credit Union branches.
BlazeAid in Casino
The Casino Showgrounds will be the location of a third NSW BlazeAid base after Tenterfield/Drake and Ebor. Help is needed for towing, experienced 4WD drivers and fuel assistance. Phone 0418530471 if you can help.
Emergency child care Rainbow Station Early Education Centre, 48 Colches St, Casino is available for emergency child care to any families affected by the fires. Phone Caitlin or Jess on 66624209.
School uniforms Rappville School says what is needed most is water. The school is offering second-hand uniforms to families who need them after the fires.
Anyone in the fire area that needs emergency fodder, can phone 1800814647 to receive fodder at no cost. Norco and Local Land Services have already helped 4000 head of cattle.
Lismore District Tow Trucks is offering its tow truck service as a free service to assist with clean-up of old burnt vehicles and for anyone that is going to buy or hire things such as livestock, hay or portable buildings (site sheds or shipping containers). Contact them on Facebook: Lismore District Tow Trucks.