Online donation platform GIVIT is calling for all donations for people impacted by the floods across parts of the Wide Bay-Burnett region to be registered through their website givit.org.au, as part of the GIVIT Storms and Flooding Appeal.
GIVIT is working in partnership with the Queensland Government to manage donated funds and offers of items and services following destructive flooding across several locations in the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast.
GIVIT National Manager Jo Beadle said uncoordinated donations can hamper services on the ground, calling on well-meaning people to reconsider the way they give to those in need.
“GIVIT works directly with councils, outreach teams, charities and community groups in impacted regions,” said Ms Beadle.
“These contacts help us identify exactly what is needed so that GIVIT can coordinate donations to get affected people exactly what they need, when they need it most.
“GIVIT.org.au is an easy, quick and efficient way of donating directly to people in need, without overwhelming charities and frontline services on the ground.”
Ms Beadle also stressed that donated items need to be high quality.
“We ask that people donate goods that you would give to a family member or friend to best assist and respect the dignity of recipients,” she said.
Members of the public can donate through www.givit.org.au/storms-and-flooding with 100 per cent of donated funds received by GIVIT going to affected communities.
Where possible, GIVIT uses donated funds to purchase items from local providers to support the economic recovery of impacted regions.
If you have an item to donate that is not listed, please register the item on www.givit.org.au/donate-items.
If you are a local charity or frontline service in need of donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration.