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Donate responsibly to flood-affected communities

22 March 2021

People are being urged not to donate unwanted goods to NSW communities affected by the floods.

Charity workers packing food supplies

People wanting to donate or help are asked to take advantage of the official partnership between the NSW Government and national non-for-profit GIVIT.

The NSW Government and GIVIT will work together alongside charities to assess and advise what critical and immediate material support is needed. They will also assist with managing donated money and offers of goods and services.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said people are encouraged to help communities in times of need and the best way they can do this is via the official donations channel.

“Our partnership with GIVIT allows councils, outreach teams, local charities and community groups to tell us exactly what’s needed. Then, we work to meet these needs through an online warehouse or by purchasing requested items locally using donated funds,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said one of the key things is that people don’t take unrequested items into storm and flood-impacted areas.

“We need to ensure local charities and recovery organisations aren’t inundated with donations they don’t need,” Mr Elliott said.

Donate and learn more about GIVIT’s ‘Severe Storms and Flooding’ appeal

Flood safety information

If you have been affected by the storms or flooding, visit storms and floods customer care or call 13 77 88.

For emergency help, call the NSW SES on 132 500

Stay up to date with official warnings.

Learn how NSW SES plans for floods and storms.

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