South East Queensland has been hit by severe storms and residents living on the Sunshine Coast and in North Brisbane who lost everything are in need of assistance.

In partnership with front line local agencies, GIVIT is managing offers of donated goods and services to assist in the recovery of this event.

GIVIT Founder and CEO, Juliette Wright, said GIVIT’s website enables everyday Australians to see exactly what impacted families need, and then donate easily, safely and directly to them.

“Right now we know there are two families in Mooloolaba and at least 21 households in Aspley which have lost all belongings through water damage and are in desperate need of support.

“One family has moved into temporary rental housing and urgently requires furniture such as Queen Beds, a freezer, washing machine and basic kitchen essentials.

“There are many other families who need our help. We are working with front line agencies in the affected regions to discover the full need, and then will be listing requests on our website in the coming days and weeks.

“At this time, we ask your generosity be channelled into cash donations of which 100% will be used to purchase essential items. GIVIT always, wherever possible, purchases locally to support local businesses as they also recover,” Ms Wright said.

To donate, please visit givit.org.au, click on the ‘Donate Funds’ page and select the drop down option ‘South East Storms’ in the donation option.

Ms Wright said GIVIT’s website gives generous Australians an effective way of donating directly to those in need without overwhelming charities on the ground.

“GIVIT’s role is to support local charities, community groups and councils in the impacted regions by helping them obtain exactly what is required to support those affected,” Ms Wright said.

“We know from past events Australians are incredibly generous and will want to help those who have been devastated by the storms. GIVIT channels this generosity and lets people know exactly what is required so front line services aren’t inundated by donations they don’t need.

“The online platform removes the need to physically collect, sort and store donations, significantly reducing the administrative and financial burden for charities as well saving valuable resources for critical recovery activities.

“We also ensure items donated are of a high quality. It is about giving exactly what is needed while respecting the dignity of the recipient by only giving quality donations.”

To see what is urgently needed by residents impacted by the storms, or to pledge your donation or offer of assistance please visit givit.org.au. If you are a local charity or front line service wanting to access donated goods and services, please register at givit.org.au/charity-registration

For more information or interviews please contact Kayla Brereton, GIVIT Media and Communications on kayla@givit.org.au.