WHEN disaster strikes, the community is always there to offer help but the Salvation Army, the Rural Fire Service and NSW Police staff ask people to donate money rather than goods.
On Friday Woolworths management announced it would match every donation made by people through its checkouts dollar for dollar for two weeks.
Orange Woolworths duty manager Kim Langby said the supermarket had run similar fundraising efforts previously and the generosity of the people in Orange always warmed her heart.
She said people had already donated despite the launch of the initiative only a day before.
“There’s always a really good response, people want to get in and dig deep,” she said.
The Salvation Army Bush Fire Appeal crew is calling on financial donations because it makes it easier to get people, who have lost homes, exactly what they need and in the right order of priority.
It is faster because there is no sorting of goods involved and no cleaning and when people are desperate time is of the greatest importance.
But man’s furry friends need some help.
Many animals have been left on abandoned properties in the Blue Mountains because their owners have been unable to return.
However RSPCA inspectors are on the scene making sure pets are fed and watered and given medical attention.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, Canobolas Family Pet Hospital in William Street is collecting new, unopened items such as food bowls, blankets and leads, anything which might help pets and wildlife displaced or injured by the fires.
Donations to the Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal can be made through www.salvos.org.au calling 137258 or at Woolworths.