Sale helps those near and far
RACHEL Spies was delighted that the generosity of the Warwick public set up six flood-hit families with furniture, electrical goods, linen and clothing at her garage sale in Flynn Drive yesterday.
After promoting the garage sale on Facebook and through the Daily News, Mrs Spies had 70 people turn up on Saturday with donated items for yesterday’s sale.
“Three of the families who had lost everything lived in Carmody Lane,” Mrs Spies said.
“The six families who we helped came to the garage sale early in the day.
“One lady was crying and said she didn’t want to take a mattress even though she was sleeping on the floor. She still donated $25 for the people of the Lockyer Valley.
“Children cleaned out their cupboards to give toys to the kids of Grantham.”
Mrs Spies and her husband Brett were helped by Sarah and Josh Grant, Jessica Smith and Brendan Miller, Keith Tootell from Rainbow FM and many volunteers they hadn’t even met.
One man came at 5am to help out on the day of the garage sale.
Mrs Spies was impressed by the generosity of Warwick businesses, including Hire Solutions which provided free tables, K&R Plumbing which provided a truck and Cellarbrations for drinks. .
She said many people who came to the sale and didn’t buy anything left donations of $20.
While Warwick flood victims have been helped by the garage sale, the $1700 in donations and from the sale of items will go to assist the Lockyer Valley community where many lives were lost on Monday.
The majority of donated items were sold or given to Warwick flood victims. What remains will be sent to the Lockyer Valley.