LAST Saturday morning truckloads of donations for families affected by floods arrived at St Alban’s Anglican Church in Gatton.
Coming from church communities in Toowoomba to as far away as Redlands, clothing, toys, food, toiletries, whitegoods and furniture filled the church hall to overflowing.
As seen elsewhere this week, the spirit of the local community rose to the occasion.
A notice on the blackboard facing the Coles carpark, which advertised goods available, soon attracted more donations from Gatton residents, some of whom had themselves been affected.
One of the heart-warming occasions was on Sunday afternoon, where a young boy bought in the bike he had been riding that morning.
Peter Dolley from the Toowoomba City Golf Club arranged the collections in Toowoomba.
His mother Shirley Dolley and fellow parishioners Lawrie and Marj Johansen from St Alban’s are co-ordinating the distributions from the church hall.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown to this region,” Lawrie said.
“It helps people to know that they are not alone as they struggle to come to terms with their loss.
“We have already had a number of people who have come to find help to start again. Some have lost everything.
“We have been able to put a fridge aside for one family for when they are able to get into accommodation.”
Members of the wider community, including members of the local Lions club, have offered their assistance in keeping the hall open every day to those who need immediate relief.
As a result the hall will be open from 7am to 6pm.
The church will also be open at these times for those who need a quiet space as they try to make sense of all that has happened.