A round of donations will give Bega Valley residents affected by the summer's bushfires a hand when it comes to keeping their temporary accommodation clean and tidy.
Working with the Bega-based Sapphire Community Pantry, the national online charity GIVIT has coordinated the donation of 100 Dyson vacuums to residents in Bemboka, Eden, Cobargo, Quaama, Bega and Wyndham.
Sapphire Community Pantry president Christine Welsh said after she received the first donation of vacuums she reached out to temporarily Bega-based people who had lost their homes in the bushfires.
She said "five minutes later two had gone", including to Caroline Long who also took one to give to another woman who had lost her home in the fires.
"Caroline was so chuffed to receive the vacuum," Ms Welsh said.
"She has five dogs who shed a lot, and she used to have a Dyson which, along with all of her possessions, went up in smoke.
"She's still living in temporary accommodation, but has just had a container delivered to her block which will be repurposed to become her new house."
She said another vacuum went to Letitia, a mother of six kids who are living in a leaky caravan and tent in Bega because their house burnt down.
"Letitia was so very grateful for the vacuum cleaner," Ms Welsh said.
"She said she has never had a decent vacuum, and a Dyson was something that she thought she could never afford!"
This is the latest GIVIT-coordinated donation for the Bega Valley where it has focused its bushfire relief support.
GIVIT NSW regional manager Caroline Odgers said GIVIT's key focus was to continue to engage its network of donors to ensure no resident or bushfire-affected community is forgotten.
"Recovery is a long process. GIVIT's service is a crucial component of recovery to ensure communities, charities and local business are supported long term," she said.
"While we love providing large items like beds, fridges and replacement equipment for farmers, some bushfire-affected communities are still in the clean-up stage.
"That's why donations of generators, grocery vouchers and simple hardware tools are still so important."
Thirty of the vacuums were donated to Cobargo, 20 each to Quaama, Wyndham and Eden, and five each to Bega and Bemboka.
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