Requests for over 900 mattresses flowed in after the flooding in Lismore after the Bishop of Lismore set up an appeal to raise funds to purchase a new mattress for all those who lost theirs in the flood.
‘After seeing so many people losing their homes, their livelihoods, we wanted to ensure that those impacted by the floods at the very least had something to sleep on,’ said Bishop Gregory Homeming.
So far 820 of the requests have been delivered to those in need. The remainder have been ordered or are in storage. All mattresses are purchased and distributed by local businesses.
‘People have been incredibly generous and we thank both the Catholic communities around Australia as well as our local community.
‘Difficult times bring out the best in people and this Appeal has been a united effort. The Lismore City Council has helped us distribute the mattresses to those in need, flood recovery agencies have coordinated requests through their centres; we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us provide a new mattress to people in need,’ he continued.
People can still donate, by going to the website. www.dioceseoflismorefloodappeal.org