Sew much care on way
GYMPIE patchworkers have packed loads of care into a special delivery heading for flood-devastated Bundaberg.
About 40 of the crafty women and their friends have turned their material scraps into unique carry-alls which they'll spend the weekend filling with personal items for flood victims still living at the evacuation centre at the Bundaberg showgrounds.
Patchworker Dynnese Swan said what started as a plan to bring "a bit of relief to a few people" who needed a hand would now see the Gympie-made care bags distributed to more than 100 evacuees on Monday.
"This thing has grown legs," she said. "We thought we'd be putting a few bags in a car and driving them up, but word got around town and people have donated so many things we're now taking them up in a truck loaned by Sean Jackson from Gympie Ice.
"We want these bags to go to the people at the Bundaberg showgrounds who are still living in tents."
Mrs Swan, who is co-ordinating the care bag project with Gympie Patchwork's Margaret Sanderson, said the patchworkers tried to think of every-day items the evacuees might be finding hard to get.
"We just thought the care bags were a much more personal way of helping," she said
A treasure themselves, the colourful bags will be filled with personal care items including towels, toiletries, soaps, deodorants, shaving cream, hand sanitiser and insect repellent along with a few extra treats like Tim Tams and lollies.
"We've got some bags with colouring books and pencils for kids too," Mrs Swan said.
"Someone has donated 60kg of washing powder, we've had chemists donating goods, Little Haven Palliative Care gave us a big box of mugs, we've had money donated to buy things and each bag will have a towel.
"We don't really know yet how many bags we'll have because we have so much stuff. But someone made a heap of pillowcases and we decided if we run out of bags, we'll fill them.
"We'll know how many we've got on Sunday morning when we've filled them and got them ready to go on the truck to Bundaberg, but it will be more than 100."
Making and filling care bags is nothing new to the Gympie patchworkers, even if this time around the project is considerably larger.
"When Cyclone Yasi hit up north, we sent a few care bags to a patchwork group in Tully and they distributed them," Mrs Swan said.
"And we sent blankets to the Victorian fire victims.
"We got some lovely letters back from people. One was from a lady whose husband was in hospital with horrible burns and he had one of our blankets.
"At times like this you feel you have to do something."