People wanting to dig deep to help out flood-affected communities are being reminded to use official donation channels to ensure those in need are supported, without overwhelming on-the-ground service providers.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the best way people can help out is by donating through online non-profit donation hub GIVIT.
“Australians always come forward to help each other in times of need and it’s so heartwarming to see people right across the State giving generously to those who have been affected by this latest flood event,” Ms Cooke said.
“The NSW Government’s arrangement with GIVIT allows councils, local charities and community groups to tell us exactly what they need. GIVIT then works to meet these needs through an online warehouse or by purchasing requested items locally using donations.
“By donating through the official channels people can know their generosity is going directly to those who’ve been hit hardest by the flooding.”
Resilience NSW Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in addition to GIVIT people can donate through other established flood appeals.
“Donating through official channels makes a huge difference to effectively supporting flood-affected communities,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“With organisations like GIVIT and established flood appeals we can make sure we get the right donations to individuals and families at the right time. We will continue to support communities for as long as it takes them to recover from these storms and floods.”
Donate and learn more about GIVIT’s storm and flood appeal at givit.org.au/storms-and-flooding, or donate to other established appeals, go to nsw.gov.au/floods/financial-support/donations for more information.