HELP ARRIVES: Oakey QCWA ladies Wendy Gordon and Kara Grant deliver a trailer load of necessities to Purple Dove for fire and drought victims.
HELP ARRIVES: Oakey QCWA ladies Wendy Gordon and Kara Grant deliver a trailer load of necessities to Purple Dove for fire and drought victims. Contributed

Dry farmers not forgotten in fire relief efforts

DONATIONS continue to pour in for fire-affected residents but Purple Dove's Chris Robins doesn't want drought victims to be forgotten.

Charitable organisation Purple Dove has taken over co-ordinating collection and distribution following an outpouring of community help.

Mrs Robins said items such as cleaning products, non-perishable food and nappies were greatly needed by those affected by fire.

However she urged people suffering from the drought to also come forward and seek assistance.

"I've been passing the word around to please let farmers know we're here to help them as well,” she said.

Mrs Robins said recent donations included a trailer load of non-perishable foods from the Oakey community and numerous boxes of nappies, toys, toiletries and cleaning products from Big W at Warwick.

A Brisbane café, Graceville Fine Foods, provided a tantalising array of cakes and biscuits which brought smiles to people's faces.

PepsiCo offered loads of water while Toowoomba's Steakhouse 48 gave an array of goods.

Mrs Robins said people wanting to donate can bring food that could last for months, water, linen, toiletries and dog food.

She said cleaning products were needed by people cleaning homes that had been impacted by fire.

"The only thing we don't need is clothes,” she said.

Other donations came from Oakey Great Country Pies, Coops QLD, I Dance Studios, C&K Kindy, QCWA Oakey, QCWA Darling Downs Division, Platinum Health Group, Briese Lawyers Toowoomba, Curves Ladies, Aquabird Warwick, Stock Produce and Oakey Pharmacies.

If you are in need of anything or want to help others, visit Purple Dove at 19 Church Rd, The Summit or phone 0416169032.

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