Donations of goods to flood victims
  • Tuesday 18 January 2011

The goodwill of Sunshine Coast residents knows no boundaries in the current flood crisis.

Unfortunately, storage space for donations of physical goods does have such boundaries at this time.

“The generosity of the Sunshine Coast to help those in need has been overwhelming,” Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Programs Manager Mike Lollback said.

“The various charity organisations across the Coast have asked that people hold off on delivering donations until the current backload can be cleared.”

Council’s resources are also currently stretched in the current crisis.

Mr Lollback said he recommended residents meanwhile use family, church and local club contacts to ascertain what community-based donation operations may be under way.

It would also be advisable to find out what materials are in short supply, he said.

“For example, a toothbrush or clean linen may be far more valuable to a displaced Brisbane or Ipswich resident at this time than, say, a table or chairs, especially as some may not be back in their own home for months.

“Other options can include cash donations, either to the Premier’s Appeal through financial institutions, or similar donations to local charities.

“Once the current backlog is cleared and people in need have received assistance, recovery agencies will be better placed to make a targeted appeal for the types of goods people need,” Mr Lollback said.

“Meanwhile, thank you Sunshine Coast for your generosity."