Brianna Garratt, 10, with the toys provided for a toy drive Brianna started.
Brianna Garratt, 10, with the toys provided for a toy drive Brianna started. Sarah Harvey

Can you come back to Goodna Santa?

AFTER spending a day with her family clearing flood-damaged houses in Goodna, Brianna Garratt did what comes naturally – came home and hopped straight on Facebook.

But the 10-year-old social networking addict wasn't mucking about talking with her friends or playing games.

Touched by the dire situation she saw many families were in – particularly others her age – the Bellbird Park resident decided she could use Facebook for a charitable cause.

She set up the Santa Comes Back To Goodna For Goodna Children Flood Victims page for people to donate toys to kids in the devastated suburb and the surrounding area.

The page hasn't been running long but already her family home is packed full of toys, thanks to donations through the page.

With more on the way, Brianna said she was overwhelmed by the support her page has received.

“We just wanted to help out the kids who have lost their toys and Christmas presents,” she said.

“I didn't think it would be so big, but I'm happy it's going so well.”

Her sister Bianca, 11, has been helping the effort and said she hoped the gifts would bring some cheer to flood-affected children.

Also helping out has been sister Megan Bertosa and proud parents Kath and Bill Garratt.

Should all go to plan, all the collected gifts will be given to children by Santa at an event on March 26, which Mr Garratt said was still to be confirmed.

A number of businesses have come to the aid of their effort, including the Electrical Trades Union, which donated plenty of toys, and Vision Australia, which will provide storage and 200 rocking horses to the cause.

Mr Garratt said the momentum behind his daughter's Facebook page had made the family feel closer to the community.



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