GIVIT to a good cause and offer crisis support
DESPITE being involved in the recovery phase of several disasters, GIVIT'S Queensland Manager Jo Beadle says she's continually in awe of people's generosity.
In town this week to distribute clothes and goods to the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre, Stanthorpe Hospital and St Vincent de Paul, Ms Beadle said the support has been "overwhelming”.
"We've received six pallets of donated clothes, brand new, from a national clothing company that are expressly for bushfire impacted communities,” Ms Beadle said.
"We dropped off many, many boxes of clothes. We know that they're needed because we'd already spoken to the people out there.
"We will only ever provide donations for needs that have been identified, so we don't just on spec bring out a whole lot of stuff.”
The GIVIT team delivered women's clothing, underwear and baby onesies for both boys and girls.
"It'll go a little way to helping people recover. It's for the whole community,” Ms Beadle said.
The charity organisation aim to not only support impacted residents, but local businesses according to Ms Beadle.
"People's generosity is always overwhelming.
"We always try encourage people to donate cash rather than their pre-loved goods, but they're great if we can match them up.
"What we've found is those donations of cash can be used locally.
"We one hundred per cent use all the cash we raise within the local communities.
"For example we've had a request for a fridge and a washing machine and freezer to support some people in the Stanthorpe area.
"With that money that has been raised we've gone to the local Bi-Rite and done some purchases through them.
"Not only does it help those people identified but it helps businesses keep going. It's a model that was also used in Townsville and it has worked really well.
"The donations of cash has been great, probably not quite enough to support everybody's needs, but that would be my very clear message is to keep having a look if you can and donate that cash through to GIVIT,” Ms Beadle said.
To find out how you can help visit www.givit.org.au