WELCOME DONATION: Helping Hands volunteers in Dalby with their brand new washing machine. Picture: Contributed
WELCOME DONATION: Helping Hands volunteers in Dalby with their brand new washing machine. Picture: Contributed

Social media post spurs charitable donation in 30 minutes

Hours of unpaid volunteer work will be regained thanks to the generosity of the Dalby community, all stemming from to one Facebook post.

Helping Hands Dalby, a registered charity aiding struggling families and single parents in the Western Downs, received a brand new dishwasher to help clean donations as they come through.

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Founder Carmen Evans said up until April, volunteers had been washing items by hand, which took several hours out of their day, but thanks to the community this whole process has been streamlined.

“We put the call out on our Facebook page to see if anyone had a second hand dishwasher they could donate, when councillor Megan James published a post of her own,” Mrs Evans said.

“A half an hour later, several families committed $60 each for a dishwasher, and we managed to get the funds together.”

Mrs Evans said Oshea & Co Dalby sold the dishwasher to Helping Hands at a discounted price, with delivery organised for them.

Helping Hands volunteers in Dalby with their brand new washing machine. Picture: Contributed
Helping Hands volunteers in Dalby with their brand new washing machine. Picture: Contributed

Stimson Plumbing then put their hand up and donated part of the funds to the item, and even installed it for free.

“It was an amazing community effort with the families and companies that chipped in,” Mrs Evans said.

“Not only in the time frame, but the finances raised was terrific.

“It was great to see everyone pulling together like that.”

The charity recently moved locations to 48 Cooper St on February 3 2021, operating as a drop in centre for domestic violence victims and a dollar boutique.

Since the move, Mrs Evans said customers have been able to transition to the new building, and believed it reached more people every day.

“Every week there’s new faces popping in, so word of mouth is spreading in the community,” she said.

“Hopefully we can get the charity side of things up and running in the next two to three weeks, and start helping our clients once again.”

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