Simon Wilkinson, Terry McDonald and Frances Hickson from the Casino office help out with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Simon Wilkinson, Terry McDonald and Frances Hickson from the Casino office help out with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The Northern Star

Locals rally behind Bushfire victims

RESIDENTS on the Northern Rivers have rallied to help victims of the disastrous bushfires in Victoria.

The Northern Star offices at Goonellabah, Casino, Byron Bay and Ballina have been inundated with donations from people eager to contribute to our bushfire appeal, which is being co-ordinated by Goonellabah mum Sherilee Matthews.

Ms Matthews is said they need everyday items such as linen and toiletries.

“Things that we all take for granted each day,” she said.

One person eager to contribute was eight-year-old Jessie Harvey, who selflessly gave away some of her much-loved toys.

Mum Jodie McKinnon, of Swan Bay, said she was proud of her daughter.

“Jessie took me into her room and said she wanted to send something for the children,” Ms McKinnon said.

“She picked out some lovely books, videos, little handbags, her marbles and some other things.

“She was worried the kids wouldn't have any toys to play with.”

Dennis Ford, from the Richmond River Express Examiner, which doubles as The Star's Casino office, said they had received a huge mix of items.

“We just want to remind people to box up their donations properly. It makes it easier for us to move around.”

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