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Donations fly in for flood victims

Bound for Toowoomba: Leonie Tonacia with donations bound for Toowoomba flood victims. Biggles Flight Lounge is accepting bags until Friday.
Bound for Toowoomba: Leonie Tonacia with donations bound for Toowoomba flood victims. Biggles Flight Lounge is accepting bags until Friday. Ute Schulenberg

THE growing pile of garbage bags in a back room at Coffs Harbour Airport is a heart-warming image of the generosity of the Coffs community.

And for Leonie Tonacia, a confirmation of her best instincts.

“I was clearing out cupboards the other day and thought I’d love to donate these clothes to people in Queensland,” the Biggles Flight Lounge employee said.

“I prefer to do that rather than giving money and I felt sure other people were like me.”

She was right.

On Saturday morning, as people started reading in The Advocate about the airport drop-off point, the phone began ringing.

“The offers came pouring in.

“There are sheets and towels, clothes – people have just gone straight to their cupboards and filled bags, lots of which are clearly labelled.”

Ms Tonacia said one little girl had even come in wanting to donate her scooter.

“Unfortunately we are not accepting toys – just things we can easily pack into boxes to be air-freighted to flood victims in Toowoomba.”

Ms Tonacia said Biggles Flight Lounge was accepting donations until Friday. For information: 6651 2777.



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