Southlakes residents and businesses unite to donate and deliver relief items to victims of Taree bushfires on November 27

GOOD TO GO: Locals pack the assortment of donated foodstuffs, clothing, toiletries and pet and animal supplies for the trip to Taree. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf
GOOD TO GO: Locals pack the assortment of donated foodstuffs, clothing, toiletries and pet and animal supplies for the trip to Taree. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf

GENEROSITY is driving an impressive local relief mission that will see a truckload of items delivered to bushfire victims in Taree this week.

Residents of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange, in Morisset, kick started the initiative by donating clothes, knitted garments, sheets, blankets and women's health products to those impacted by the fires, local Sandy Koch said.

Christine Mastello, of Southlakes Marketplace, then donated food to the collection. Bev Sandiford and her Coastal Bootscooters raised money for new toys. And Mandalong Stockfeeds and Cooranbong and Bonnells Bay Animal Hospital donated pet and animal supplies.

"Steve at Morisset Truck Rentals has offered us a truck, and Concrete Colour Solutions gave us $200 towards diesel for the trip," Ms Koch said.

"The donations have been well thought out by everyone, and we are excited to be able to take them to those in need.

"We decided on Taree because we can do the trip comfortably in a day. We will take as much as we can comfortably fit in the truck and take an extra car if necessary."

The locals had been liaising with Mid North Coast Council and the plan was to deliver the items to Taree Showground for distribution on Wednesday, she said.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Cooperation and generosity of spirit have driven the impressive relief mission. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Cooperation and generosity of spirit have driven the impressive relief mission. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf

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