PEOPLE wishing to make donations to the victims of bushfires in Lithgow and the Blue Mountains are being urged do so in the form of dollars.
The Lithgow region is encompassed by the Chifley Zone of the Rural Fire Service and officials in Bathurst have worked alongside the St Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army to set up bank accounts to help with donations.
Proceeds will be distributed among those affected by the fires.
That sentiment was yesterday supported by NSW Police.
While in no doubt of the significant role public generosity plays in the individual and community recovery, NSW Police is urging people to hold off donating goods to the fire-affected areas.
They said money was the most useful donation, providing flexibility and choice to meet the immediate needs of those affected.
It can also be circulated appropriately in the affected communities.
Police say members of the public who wish to donate can do so through the Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, the St Vincent De Paul Society NSW or the Blue Mountains City Council Mayoral Relief Fund.
Getting their donation in early, the Orange Ratepayers Association was able to provide fire fighters in Lithgow with some of the everyday essentials most people take for granted.
Committee member Bev Alexander-Fisher said the group collected toiletries for everyone at the Lithgow evacuation centre, at the Lithgow Showground.
Some of the bounty including toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorants, soaps and shampoos.
“It’s just emergency toiletries they could use,” she said.
“We’ve still got more coming in from other people. They were saying they’re really in need of things like lip balm, sunscreen and generic eye drops.
“The firies do such a fantastic job. It’s just support for another rural community like Orange.”