Generosity continues for family

A FINNISH man who does not speak English is the latest welcome addition to the ever-lengthening list of generous souls who have leapt to the aid of a Tiaro family which lost its home to an afternoon blaze this week.

The man, who lives in a Gympie retirement village, indicated yesterday that he had sent a cheque to the Fraser Coast family, care of Tiaro post office.

Billeena Chapman yesterday confessed to being overwhelmed by the response to her family’s plight, a little more than a month before Christmas.

St Vincent de Paul yesterday offered to extend the family’s crisis accommodation for a few more nights, as they await news on an application to lease a house in Bauple. “I’m sitting here trying to work out what to do with ourselves,” Ms Chapman said.

“We have a houseful of stuff already but nowhere to put it.”

Donations continued to roll in yesterday, including clothes, furniture, fridges, washing machines, bed spreads, double beds, bunk beds and a television.

Neighbour Nadia, who has been co-ordinating donations, said clothes for the five children aged 10, 9, 7, 5 and 1, were still a priority. Anyone with a donation can contact Nadia on 4129 2527 or leave it in either Chronicle office in Maryborough or Hervey Bay.

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