Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Helping Hands

A section of our town remains cut off by the still swollen river, and we had heard supplies were running low over there.

Stuart put out a call on facebook a few nights ago, and also contacted the SES workers to see if we could rally together some care packages from our side of the river and send them over. The SES volunteers were just wonderful, offering to take over whatever we brought down to them.

Well, the response was amazing!! Many many people contributed bread, milk, tinned food, nappies, formula, toilet paper - all the essentials! A local butcher also brought a fridge load of fresh meat which was wonderful. Stuart went over with the first load (yes, there were several) to make sure it got safely to the emergency relief centre over there. I believe the goods were all locked up last night, and today authorities and volunteers have worked tirelessly to distribute it to those in need within that community, and to some outlying communities which were even more desperate.

Saraya worked hard taping boxers up ready to cross the water.

Then joined lots of friends in the park while we waited for Stuart's return.

Most of the park is still underwater! The levels had receded, but are rising again today due to continued rainfall this week.

And Stuart came back to us safely!


Despite the horrific tragedy our state has faced / is still facing this week, it is wonderful to see people helping each other out. It was nice to be part of that spirit yesterday. :) Thank you all for your prayers - they are much appreciated.

3 comments:

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

That is so wonderful that your family could be involved in the relief effort. It is so hard to watch the pictures coming across our television screens. Our town has hardly been affected this time around - bridge closure overnight but it reopened today and I could get into town. Flooded fields but nothing even close to what QLD is experiencing.
You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that all the people you know are safe and well.

Smilie girl said...

That is wonderful to hear. I'm sure it will be such a blessing to so many.

...they call me mommy... said...

I saw this in my reader early! WOW!!! We've had a lot of flooding our area in the past couple of years also!


I just LOVE your family photo on the righthand top of your blog! :)

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