Donations and support flood in

'My phone hasn't stopped ringing'

Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Sian Reilly
CARING RELATION: Timaru mother Sian Reilly and her children Kaiden, 3,and Shakira, 8, sort out goods donated to the Winchester family who lost everything in a house fire yesterday morning.

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A relation of the Winchester family who lost everything in a house fire yesterday has been overwhelmed by the community's generosity.

Timaru mother Sian Reilly put a call out on Temuka Facebook page Pay it Forward, for goods for the homeless family, as soon as she heard about the incident yesterday morning.

Pay it Forward encourages people to donate items they no longer need or use.

Since it appeared, Ms Reilly has been inundated with goods ranging from clothes to chests of drawers, groceries and toys.

"My phone hasn't stopped ringing. It has been an outstanding response," she said.

The Timaru drop-off address is 25 Harper St. Two other drop-off points have been arranged at 54 Wilkin St in Temuka and 1 Vernon St in Winchester.

"It has been really humbling. Some people have bought things brand new specially."

Ms Reilly said she would hate to be in the position the victims are in and it was something she could do to help. She would continue collecting items as long as people continued to give.

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- The Timaru Herald


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