Generous offers pour in
THE phones have been ringing almost non-stop at The Queensland Times as people put up their hand to assist flood-affected families in the Ipswich region.
The Queensland Times launched its Adopt a Flood Family Appeal yesterday to match needy families with people willing to help and the calls were already pouring in at 7am.
By 3pm, Adopt a Flood Family co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr had received 40 calls from people excited to help those who had been flood-affected.
The appeal comes just a month after the end of our Christmas Adopt-a-Family campaign, which every year shows the giving spirit of the Ipswich community.
A nurse from Moree Hospital, 350 kilometres south-west of Ipswich, called yesterday to say 50 nurses had pledged to send back to school packs for flood-affected children.
Other people, calling from Ipswich, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and New South Wales, have offered accommodation, horse agistment, pet food and furniture.
A few people have also volunteered to drive flood-affected families who lost their cars to appointments.
Ms Mohr said she was not surprised people had been so generous with their offers to help with household items, driving kids to school or helping with meals.
“Ipswich people are so giving and they’re so free with their help at Christmas time that I didn’t think I’d have any trouble when we put the call out to help the flood families,” Ms Mohr said.
“People are giving generously like they always do.”
Ms Mohr said a Brisbane woman was sending 100 “boxes of love” with gifts and items for various ages from children to adults which she wanted to give to affected Ipswich people.
“She just wants to bring some happiness to these people,” she said.
Ms Mohr said she hoped to match families that want to help with families that need help by next week.
After they are matched, volunteers will be able to help their adopted family directly with things they really need.
The QT team has already pledged its support to newspaper delivery driver Allan Hanson, whose home was ruined by the floods. Despite the water rising to the home’s roof, Mr Hanson tirelessly worked to deliver papers every night.
The QT has already donated $2000 so Mr Hanson and his wife Bev can buy food, shoes, clothes and a bed.
People are encouraged to call the QT to register to help and we are now taking nominations of families that need assistance.
To register with the appeal call Bernadette Mohr on 3817 1719.