Donations flowing to flood-impacted communities across NSW
GIVIT coordinating donations and offers of assistance to help people affected by severe storms and flooding
Flood donations already providing relief across NSW
The community of South Arm, west of Macksville, was cut off last week and desperately needed supplies. Nambucca Valley Council contacted GIVIT for urgent assistance. They requested $3,000 worth of grocery vouchers and $3,000 worth of fuel vouchers to provide to local residents who were, in that moment, still stranded.
GIVIT immediately met this request thanks to the incredible response we've had from big-hearted Aussies. Our team called the local grocery store and fuel station to buy the vouchers, then council worked with NSW SES to distribute the vouchers to locals in need. The vouchers were given out within hours of the request from the council.
GIVIT is ready to help many, many more people and communities affected by these devastating floods, GIVIT is working with the New South Wales State Government and support organisations on the ground as they assess need and advise what critical and immediate material support is required.
Once requests are received, we're tapping into public generosity to meet critical needs, and we can only do that thanks to your generous support. In times of adversity, Australians dig deep, and this time around is no different. Words cannot describe the outpouring of generosity we have seen in the past week.
Australian companies are stepping up, too. We're thrilled that Coles has pledged up to $1 million to support flood-affected communities, with shoppers able to donate at registers in-store. NAB has also pledged up to $200,000 to our Severe Storms and Flooding Appeal - customers are able to donate in branches or via internet banking.
NSW Engagement Officer Kirsty visiting Coles staff at her Sutherland Store
Unrequested donations hinder recovery
GIVIT’s NSW Manager, Scott Barrett, is urging people to donate that smart way, through GIVIT, and not send unrequested donations or goods.
“Please do not bring unrequested donations into the impacted areas, or donations which can be bought locally. We want to make sure local organisations aren’t inundated with donations they don’t need, by encouraging people to donate the smart way through our online Severe Storms and Flooding Appeal."
How you can help
Instead of donating unsolicited items, please consider donating money, which will allow us to work with frontline organisations to buy exactly what's needed.
100% of donated money GIVIT receives for the Severe Storms and Flooding Appeal will be used to purchase essential items and services needed by people and communities impacted. To support local businesses and the economic recovery of affected communities, wherever possible, GIVIT purchases locally.
Not sure how to help support people in NSW affected by the floods? It's simple. visit www.givit.org.au/severe-storms-and-flooding or click the button below. GIVIT is managing donations in partnership with the NSW Government during this recovery, and is the best way to donate to help provide relief to people affected by floods in New South Wales.
If you need help
To access donated support through GIVIT, you must first connect with an organisation able to assess your needs. Click here to find support organisations in your area that are registered to use GIVIT.
You can access assistance and other support from the NSW Government here.
You can access resources and information from the Australian Government on the Disaster Assist page here.
Organisations supporting people affected by flooding
For community organisations working on the frontlines in heavily impacted areas like the Hawkesbury (including Windsor, Richmond, Pitt Town, Kurrajong and Penrith) and Colo River (including Wisemans Ferry) catchments, the Port Macquarie Hastings Shire, the Mid Coast Region including Taree, the Kempsey Shire and the Mid North Coast, GIVIT is the smart way to request items, services and volunteering for the people you're helping.
If you're not already registered with GIVIT, you can do so here to gain access to GIVIT's online donation platform.
GIVIT visits Mogo Aboriginal Preschool
GIVIT was in Mogo recently distributing Christmas presents to Mogo Aboriginal Preschool. GIVIT helped the preschool during the Black Summer Bushfires, and was back to assist families who are suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.