Shoeboxes of love
WHAT started as a tiny gesture of help has brought a smile to hundreds of flood-affected families and their children.
The Queensland Times Adopt A Flood Family co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr yesterday accompanied Brisbane mother Tania Carlos to deliver dozens of boxes, each bearing gifts and necessities for people who were, in some form, affected by the disaster.
More than 60 children at Fernvale State School, whose family homes were inundated when flash flooding lashed the region on January 11, have benefited from the kind gesture.
Ms Mohr said it was wonderful to see the community rallying together to support others.
“It’s just fantastic the help everyone is offering people and we want people out there who still need help to let us, The Queensland Times, know. We are here to help,” she said.
Mrs Carlos, a new mum, heard about the devastation flash flooding had caused not only in her home town of Brisbane but also in Ipswich and further west in the Lockyer Valley.
“I wasn’t personally affected by the floods and being a stay-at-home-mum, I had time to help others and that’s what I wanted to do,” Mrs Carlos said.
Through the social networking site, Facebook, Mrs Carlos was able to start a link asking the community of Brisbane and further a field, to help donate items to fill dozens of shoeboxes.
“We’ve called them the Shoeboxes of Love and that’s exactly what they are. We have filled them with toiletries, make-up, toys and other little things that people might need,” she said.
“It’s just one way we thought we could help bring a smile to these people.”
Fernvale State School students Marc Taylor and Sophie Northey, whose homes had both been affected by floodwater, said they were “excited” about the boxes and what goodies they had in them.
“It’s been tough on everyone but together we are helping each other,” Marc, 11, said.
Of the 60 students at the school who had been adversely affected by the floods, 20 students and their families had lost everything.
Last week the QT launched its Adopt- A-Family campaign targeted at helping families.