MORE than $20,000 worth of stock feed, pet food, water and household items was donated at the drought relief event at Morisset Showground over the weekend.
The items will be trucked to Hunter farming families in places such as Muswellbrook and Scone in September.
The event was organised by the Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show committee in partnership with Rural Aid.
Committee president Justin Rumore was full of praise for the Lake Macquarie and Central Coast communities who pitched in to help struggling local farmers.
“It was great, and overwhelming, really, to see how generous people were,” Mr Rumore said.
“And it was just so Australian.”
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People came from near and far to donate items, make financial donations, or bid for items in Sunday’s charity auction, he said.
Local businesses and community organisations also gave generously for the cause.
Kindy Kollege, a pre-school in Gorokan, donated $740, Cooranbong Public School donated a ute full of items, Kincumber Primary School arrived with a van full of dog food and stock feed, and Southlakes Anglican Church delivered a load of water and non-perishables.
Morisset Cellars donated eskies, alcohol, a Wild Turkey bar mirror, and a range of promotional items for the auction.
“A man bid $450 to win the Wild Turkey mirror, but when he came to pay for it he said ‘Just make it $600’,” Mr Rumore said.
It was an act of generosity that was repeated by others all weekend, he said.