Helping Hand Port Macquarie officially launched on social media on November 11, the group is encouraging the community to donate goods to those experiencing tough times.
The public group with more than 136 members is organised by former Port Macquarie, now Gold Coast resident Tara Anderton after seeing similar organisations in Queensland.
"I've been part of the Helping Hands group here on the Gold Coast for about four months and seeing it working here I thought why wouldn't it work down in Port Macquarie," she said.
"Basically the group is a bridge for people who do need emergency supplies before they get connected with the official groups that do offer support.
"I'm kind of like a mediator between people that do need help and the people in the community who are able to help. It's the community rallying to help someone in need and I just mediate the messages between them."
The group allows residents in need to post anonymous requests for assistance and asks members to provide what help they can. Examples of people in need may include those who have lost their employment, experiencing family issues, single parents, the elderly or those struggling financially in the Hastings.
"This group connects those in need in the Port Macquarie area with those who are willing to donate groceries and emergency items," Ms Anderton said.
"It's already starting to work after four or five days, so there is obviously a need for it. I think it will be a mix of people seeking help, it just depends what their circumstances are.
"It's for people who are waiting to go through an official process when larger agencies are assessing their situation."
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