In the lead up to Christmas a representative from GIVIT visited town last week to distribute vouchers to the Glen Innes community.
Two years after launching its appeal to support NSW communities gripped by Australia's most severe drought in living memory, online charity GIVIT has reflected on coordinating more than $650,000 in donations.
GIVIT liaises with not-for-profit organisations around Australia who tell them what the people they're helping need right now. They list those needs on the GIVIT website, and donors then offer a donation or give money to help GIVIT buy the goods locally. The organisation's patron is the Duchess of Cornwall.
The online charity makes sure people get what they need when they need it most - whether recovering from a disaster event, or experiencing hardship due to circumstances such as drought, domestic and family violence, homelessness, disability and mental health.
Drought relief officer, Melissa Bowman (who is a farmer from Barraba), visited Glen Innes last Wednesday to meet with community organisations and to purchase items from local stores that were needed by the community.
"With my background and coming from the area, this is a cause close to my heart," Ms Bowman said.
"I've been working with GIVIT since February.
"Previously we have distributed vouchers and right now we're trying to get around to see the communities affected by drought and fire and find out what specifically they need in terms of essential needs - like broken washing machines, or fridges, or rainwater tanks that need replacing.
Ms Bowman handed over vouchers from the Newsagency, Home Living, Sage & Clover, and Say & Co Rural to recovery officer Susan Rowlands to distribute amongst the Glen Innes community.
"All purchases have been made locally, which is important to GIVIT as it likes to support the regional businesses and keep the money within the local economy," Ms Bowman said.
In the past six months, GIVIT has helped with purchasing almost $17,000 worth of items needed within the Glen Innes community.
All purchases have been made locally, which is important to GIVIT as it likes to support the regional businesses and keep the money within the local economy.
Since September 2018, GIVIT's drought appeal has spent 100 per cent of donated funds with businesses and suppliers in drought-affected areas.
More than 800 items have been provided for charities across the state and the online charity has directly supported at least 12,000 regional families and individuals.
GIVIT has the following organisations registered and encourages more to register to get a wider spread on those in need: Glen Innes CWA, Friendly Faces Helping Hands, Glen Innes Community Centre, Chamba Na Nmunga (Wytaliba), GLENRAC, CanAssist, Centacare and the Family & Youth Support Services Centre.