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Kindness a stitch in time for struggling flood victims

Gympie's John Sanderson unloads the care packages made and donated to Bundaberg flood victims by Gympie patchworkers.
Gympie's John Sanderson unloads the care packages made and donated to Bundaberg flood victims by Gympie patchworkers. Scottie Simmonds

A MUNDUBBERA family of six, who had nothing left after the Australia Day weekend floods, has benefited from the kindness of Gympie locals.

The family, which includes a baby born around the time of the flood, was the recipient of several care packages created and donated by Gympie Patchwork groups and many of their friends.

The patchwork groups provided 132 care packages to the Bundaberg area after many residents were left with little or nothing after the floods.

The group provided laundry, men's, women's and children's care packages, many of which were supplied in hand-made pillowcases or patch workbags, for those in need from the devastated region.

The group also received two baby bundles, one of which was given to the Mundubbera family.

Gympie Patchwork owner Margaret Saunders said the remaining packages were destined for Bundaberg's "tent city" which has been erected for homeless victims of the flood.

She said she hoped the packaged would make people feel better.

She said the massive donation drive by Gympie Patchwork was assisted greatly by patchwork groups and friends.

"We had a lot of help," Mrs Saunders said.

"What we managed to do in two weeks with the help of a lot of people was great."

She said the number of volunteers grew so much that she could no longer thank everyone individually.

"We want to thank everybody but it got too big and we couldn't thank everybody specifically."

Topics:  bundaberg charity community floods

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