The Salvation Army has launched a disaster appeal to allow Australians to support communities affected by the devastating bushfires in NSW and QLD.
The Bushfire Disaster Appeal will position the Salvos to move beyond the current support of evacuees and emergency personnel and into sustained effort required through the recovery and rebuild phases to come.
"Our hearts go out to the families and individuals who have been affected by the bushfires in NSW and QLD. We are currently on the ground providing support and will remain on the ground in the months to come as people begin to recover and rebuild," Salvation Army spokesperson Major Bruce Harmer said.
The Salvation Army's Emergency Services teams are active at six evacuation centres in New South Wales, including Wauchope, Macksville, Bowraville, Hazelbrook, Ballina and at Old Bar, Taree's evacuation centre where meals are being served to 200 people, including evacuees and first responders.
"It is unprecedented for our Salvos Emergency Services teams to be active at this many location at one time in one region."
The effort to raise $3 million dollars has started with a $500,000 contribution from leading corporate donor Woolworths. The money is being donated to the S.T.A.N.D Program, the disaster relief partnership between Woolworths and The Salvation Army.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci says the situation is serious and it is important that we rally together.
"Woolworths is in the heart of every community, including the bushfire impacted regions, and we want to do our bit to support the work of The Salvation Army in helping the community get back on their feet," Mr Banducci said.
The most effective way people can help is by making a financial donation which allows the Salvos to buy supplies in the local community and provide cash vouchers so people have the dignity of choice in their purchases
"That's what we consider to be hope, where it's needed most," Major Harmer said.
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