Clothing bank for Dungog flood victims inundated

Nanjing Night Net

Tammy Zanardi sorting through clothes in the pavilion at Dungog ShowgroundThe response to Dungog’s recent devastating floods was overwhelming with clothing, household goods and furniture arriving by the truckload.

Tammy Zanardi, who was the volunteer in charge of the depot at Dungog Showground, said the response from outside the area was unbelievable.

“There were donations from all around the Hunter, Sydney and western NSW,” she said.

“People brought trucks, 4WD and car loads of stuff to help out the people in town affected by the floods.

“The centre was set up barely two days after the floods and it was only last week that people were starting to come up here and get what they needed.

“People are starting to get homes to go to and it now they realise what they don’t have.”

Ms Zanardi said volunteers Bernadette Skuse, Anne Hugo, Emma Picker, Jenni Denniss and Jacqui Wilkinson spent a lot of time at the centre.

“Two ladies – Mel and Amanda – came down from Muswellbrook last weekend and bought a team of volunteers with them,” she said.

“They organised us and helped out and we are really grateful for their help.

“But we still have plenty of stuff here for those affected by the floods.”

The centre will finish operating on Sunday, May 17 and will be open from 11am to 3pm and will be open to all the community across the shire and Stroud area.

For a donation of $5 people can fill a bag with clothes and $10 will get you a boxful.

“All the money raised on that day will go to the flood fund,” Ms Zanardi said.

“It will be our final day here and everything has to go.”

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