Bernadette Mohr and Karen Upton from OzCare’s Goodna Integrated Family Support Service.
Bernadette Mohr and Karen Upton from OzCare’s Goodna Integrated Family Support Service.

Adopt a Flood Family keeps giving

WHILE they face a long road to recovery, Ipswich’s flood survivors won’t be doing it alone, with donations pouring in for The Queensland Times Adopt a Flood Family Appeal.

QT appeal co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr said she had been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity, with nurses from the Moree Hospital donating back-to-school supplies, and a 92-year-old Brisbane woman crafting packs of crocheted hand washers and soap.

Ms Mohr said through donations she had been able to answer a call from OzCare Goodna for towels, as well as providing “boxes of love” to children at Lowood.

The boxes, designed for boys and girls, included gifts and necessities for those who were affected by the disaster in any form.

“The aim of the gift is to give a little happiness to kids who have gone through such a traumatic time,” Ms Mohr said.

She said donations of furniture and kitchenware could also be dropped off at Fernvale State School on the Brisbane Valley Highway.

Ms Mohr said the appeal had launched on January 19 with the aim of providing practical help to those in flood evacuation centres.

Its reach was extended to help the QT’s own adopted family, newspaper delivery driver Allan Hanson and wife Bev, whose North Booval home was damaged.

“We wanted to help one of our own,” Ms Mohr said.

She said scores of people had come forward as the appeal was publicised, offering to help those affected in any way they could.

Ms Mohr said pledges of help ranged from cooking meals, to taking people to medical appointments.

“It is going to be a long-term effort,” she said.

To help, call Bernadette on 3817 1719.



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