Flood victims receive donations

A GRANTHAM couple had a much needed boost this week with a generous donation.

Mary Anne and Stephan Crowe donated a 1981 Toyota Celica with a boot load of donated goods including electronics, cutlery and linen to Ben and Kristy Kunde after their home was flooded.

Mr Kunde said the donation was made simply out of the kindness of the Crowe's hearts.

“They were victims of floods before and so they just wanted to something nice,” he said.

“We lost the contents of our house and both of our vehicles and we aren't sure when we are going to move back.”

He said the donation was a great boost for a couple who were looking at the enormous task of rebuilding their life.

“It will really help in getting us back to normal life,” he said.

“With a vehicle we can get to and from work and to the shops, which will put us on the right track to making some normality again.

“It's part of the road to recovery.”

Mrs Kunde said she doesn't remember the evacuation via helicopter due to the traumatic events they had been through, but said they are on their way back and rebuilding their life.

Three quarters of the Kunde's house was covered in water during the flood.

“The clean up took about four days once we got back in,” she said.

“There was furniture everywhere and it looked like the whole house had been in a washing machine.

“The army were really good helping us with the clean up, especially helping us get rid of the fridge without opening it.

“We had two dogs and we couldn't get them out because we weren't at home when the flood happened, but they survived somehow.”

The couple are waiting on assessment from their insurance company before they move back into their Grantham house.

All the goods donated to the couple were collected by residents of the Palmwood Retirement Village at the Sunshine Coast, who were more than happy to help out.

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