Whitegoods for flood victims
ANTHONY Hurle is a Toowoomba resident with a heart of gold.
He has watched the horror unfold around him in the past month and felt something needed to be done about delivering crucial items to people who lost everything.
“I am just an individual trying to get as many whitegoods and other supplies that are needed to help people in the Lockyer Valley,” he said.
He felt it was important to help those close by and who have an impact on produce, trying to keep the community afloat.
“We have been trying to recruit people and we now have more than 140 volunteers who went down to places like Lowood to help,” he said.
“Over a couple of months, there have been lots and lots of things to pick up and distribute.
“The Tailors in North Street have one container full of whitegoods, mattresses and cupboards and other furniture people need.”
He said the problem with being inundated with so many donations is there is now not enough room left to store it.
“Literally hundreds of people have been helping with whitegoods and we have been collecting them for quite some time and want to try and clear out what we can,” he said.
Mr Hurle said people who were worst-affected could come and collect what they needed from the centre, or if that was not viable, they could try and deliver some of the goods down in the Lockyer Valley.
“If they have a vehicle they will have to show ID and it will be recorded on a list system, because the amount is well over $50,000 of donations,” he said.
“We can see the areas that were hardest hit and Grantham is our number one priority, as well as children and elderly being given preference.”
Mr Hurle said they have started distributing it to Grantham residents and he will personally see which items go to which family.
“From start to finish, I will be co-ordinating it to make sure it goes to who needs it first.”