Nambucca Valley's acts of kindness in times of crisis

Sunrise over Shelley Beach by Gary Rumble
Sunrise over Shelley Beach by Gary Rumble

When bushfires ravaged our Valley at the end of last year, our community pulled together to help those in need.

We may not be the richest area in terms of financial wealth, but we're rich in virtue, and there's a wealth of community spirit out there which grows stronger in adversity.

With coronavirus physically separating us, it has made it a little more difficult to shine our light into dark places.

But many locals have been proving it is still possible, with small acts of kindness which can make the world of difference in times like these.

Here are just a few examples of how our community is caring for one another:

Chris and Frankie knew that I was running low on toilet paper rolls - numerous trips to supermarkets were always a disappointment. They happened to be at the right place at the right time and kindly gifted me with a pack. Then my neighbour Bridgitt and daughter Jodie (who were also aware of my frustration of not being able to get some, especially whilst caring for my husband who has Parkinson's) were able to buy a pack and came over to share four rolls with us. These acts of kindness bring so much joy to my heart. I was so moved by their thoughtfulness and generosity. It means a lot to know that so many people out there are just so good!

Zeny Paraiso-Ward

Another reader, 'Ally Kat' was delighted when her neighbour also decided to hand out rolls of toilet paper.

Tanya Blunden was touched when her son drew a picture of "the Avengers saving everyone from this".

One of our readers, 'Byron', sent us this photo he snapped at Woolworths in Nambucca this week. He said he saw a young boy stick the note up on the shelves.

"Thank You! for packing the shelves in these times for Nambucca" the note reads.

Byron said he sent the photo to us because he was hoping to spread this positivity with the rest of the community.

It costs you nothing

Shirley Mills said her daughter recently sent her a parcel containing a "nice top and some gardening magazines".

"We call them 'thought gifts'. It cheers you up to know you are loved and that family can support each other," she said.

She said it was vital during this time to show your family and friends that you care.

"Phone elderly people or anyone, reach out and let them know you care. A phone call to talk of nice things, pot them up a plant, give them used books or magazines, bake them a cake or biscuits and leave them at their front door," she recommended.

"We will all get through these troubled times together. Keep smiling and God bless."

Milk of human kindness

Craig Brown said he was recently in Woolworths and spotted two elderly gentlemen trying to purchase four cartons of long life milk.

Unfortunately the recent limits put in place meant they were only allowed to purchase two.

"Poor old fellas looked a bit confused so when it came to my turn I said I'd take the two milks that [were] taken off them ... and I gave them straight to old mates and they thanked me," he said.

Fred Monro was also out shopping for milk and noticed there was only one 1L carton of long life milk left on the shelves. Instead of taking it for himself, he offered it to someone else.

It's been tough for us here at the Guardian News too. We miss the camaraderie of working together in an office, and meeting our community face to face.

And we certainly don't like having to report bad news.

So yesterday when one of our dear readers texted this image to us, reminding us there is still beauty all around, it made a huge difference.

Thankyou, and keep caring for one another.

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