Grandma steps in to assist
AFTER losing everything as a child in the 1974 floods, Leeann Keefer felt she couldn’t sit back and simply watch as the scenes unfolded again in Ipswich.
The Camira grandmother decided to organise a team of people who were willing to take on jobs such as washing clothes and dishes.
Mrs Keefer said it was a small gesture which would hopefully bring some comfort to flood victims.
“People are going to have to throw out furniture and other items and with that their connection to their past is gone,” Mrs Keefer said.
“Even small things such as the clothing or precious dishes and ornaments helps them keep that connection.
“We can just wash them and give them back.”
She said since putting out a call for help on Wednesday through the Springfield Christian Family Church network, she had already signed up 20 willing volunteers.
“Sometimes it does take something substantial to jolt people into wanting to do something as a community,” Mrs Keefer said.
“When I saw the pictures of Grantham I thought I had to do something.
“Than I saw the footage of Goodna and I thought there is something I can do to help flood victims locally.”
Mrs Keefer said the flood footage had brought back memories of 1974, when she was living in Chelmer with her parents.
“I remember my dad had to pull up the lounge room carpet, stick it on the roof and hose it down,” she said.
“We had no insurance so we just had to put it back into the house.”
She said she was also hoping to coordinate a group to distribute refreshments when the flood clean-up began, as well as donations of clothing or toys.
To help out, people can contact Leeann on 3818 6272.