Queensland charities call for flood relief volunteers, how you can help flood victims

Queensland charities are calling for volunteers to help with flood relief efforts, as several families are forced into crisis accommodation after losing their homes.

Rhiannon Mutch has sought refuge at the Yeronga Community Center in Brisbane for six days, after losing power due to the floods.

She said she has been visiting the center for hot meals and to charge electronics and phones.

Many homes have been lost or damaged in south east Queensland’s floods (nine)

“We’ve also been using their washing machine and their showers, so pretty much everything,” Ms Mutch said.

Katie Lowe also approached the center for help after losing her home, and is currently staying in crisis accommodation.

Volunteers making sandwiches for Brisbane flood victims (nine)

“I’m pretty grateful to be able to go somewhere now where I can have a hot shower,” Ms Lowe said.

The center can provide coffee, food and counseling as well as help finding accommodation.

Charities like Orange Sky are washing clothes for flood victims (nine)

Volunteers have worked tirelessly today to deliver 400 sandwiches to flood victims, with staff hoping more people will come forward to lend a hand.

“We need people to come to the center to take the sandwiches and help deliver them,” Melinda McInturff from the Yeronga Community Center said.

“If you want to, deliver things that can go into them like cheese, ham, mayonnaise, spreadable butter.”

Connectors Inc provides essentials like clothes to those in need. (nine)

Volunteers from charity Orange Sky, which provides a free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness, have spent hours this week washing clothes for flood victims.

Those looking to help are encouraged to sign up online and register for a shift.

“One lady yesterday in Ipswich, she had the clothes she stood up in, that was all she had,” Anne Deitch from Orange Sky said.

In Connectors Inc, based in the Brisbane suburb of Virginia, flood victims can collect emergency supplies.

Wayne Malmstone from Connected Inc said the charity is seeking volunteers to help sort through donated clothes, and that donations are always welcome.

“We can supply free of charge things like, you know, bedding furniture clothing, all those sorts of things,” he said.

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