Family holds sale for victims
ONE local family is doing its part to help flood victims in the region, with a free garage sale for people directly affected by the destructive waters.
Brett and Rachel Spies have rallied friends, family and even strangers together to pool items to help needy families in both Warwick and Grantham.
Goods will be available to flood-affected residents with proof of residency for free, while members of the general public can purchase items and the proceeds will be donated to a flood appeal.
Mrs Spies said being a mother of three young boys and witnessing the effects in the local area first-hand were motivating factors in her decision to hold the garage sale.
“I was out taking photos of the floods every two hours – it is just so sad,” she said.
She said she had been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community after announcing the garage sale on Facebook and she already has an impressive supply including clothes, toys, a cot, lounge and dining table.
“People I don’t even know are ‘inboxing’ me, telling me what they’ve got,” she said.
“What people don’t take from here, we’re taking to Toowoomba where it will go to Grantham.”
Generosity is a virtue which is clearly rubbing off on the Spies’ seven-year-old son Tyson, who Mrs Spies said had selflessly parted with his favourite t-shirt to help others.
“When I pulled out his favourite Transformers shirt he said ‘I saw a little boy on TV with the same shirt and it would be gone so we will give them that one’,” she said.
Mrs Spies said her husband heard about her garage sale on Facebook and after coming home from work and joking about fishing on Sunday, he called her into their bedroom to show what items he had pulled from his closet to add to the appeal.
Mr Spies is happy to deliver items to the homes of Warwick flood victims who may be unable to get goods home. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale can drop them at 42 Flynn Drive today.
When: 7.30am Sunday, January 16.
Where: 42 Flynn Drive, Warwick.