At the end of November last year unprecedented bushfires threatened homes across Central Queensland and residents were told to leave their homes immediately.
Among them were Barb and her twin granddaughters, who reached an evacuation centre, like many others, without many possessions and full of uncertainty.
For the girls, one of the pressing questions on their minds was if they would now make it to their Year 10 formal and, if so, what they would wear?
Red Cross volunteer Joy greeted the women when they arrived. When learning about the formal, she and Barb busily sorted through donations, which had poured in, to source what the twins needed. They found brand new handbags, cosmetics, towels, shoes and perfume that the girls loved.
Next stop was the Op Shop up the road for new evening dresses.
“They had a lovely night thanks to the Red Cross. Without them it wouldn’t have happened as well as it did,” Barb says.
“I’m pretty overwhelmed because there’s people out there who really care. It’s times like these that communities pull together but Red Cross helped that community pull together even more.”