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Bushfire donations on their way

TOYS bound for Victorian children who lost everything in last week's horrific bushfires were heading south last night, thanks to the generous efforts of Clarence Valley residents and businesses.

When Grafton man David Dowd heard of children's charity Variety's appeal for toys in Yamba last week, he wanted to help in any way he could.

Mr Dowd organised a Queensland Rail train to arrive at Grafton Shunting yard yesterday, which transported the goods to Melbourne for free. From there, Variety will distribute the toys to children in need.

Local transport operator Blanchard Haulage transported the goods from Yamba to Grafton.

However, with residents willing to donate more than just toys, Mr Dowd and several other volunteers decided to coordinate the effort for donations of bales of hay, non-perishable animal food, clothing, blankets and other goods needed by victims of the fires.

He said those items would be sent to Melbourne for distribution later this week.

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