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Outpouring of community support for backpackers

The Federal Backpackers building, which was gutted by fire last night. 62 backpackers have been given alternate accommodation and shown generosity by businesses and the community.

The Bundaberg region community has once again shown their generosity, offering help for the Federal Backpackers fire victims.

Several local businesses have already helped the displaced backpackers with food, clothing, bedding and toiletries.

All backpackers have been found alternate accommodation and are being well looked after.

Here is a list of some of the community groups, organisations and businesses who are collection points.

Angels Community Group

Angels Community Group has already had 22 of the 62 backpackers in the store and kitted them out with clothes.

Men’s work boots and shoes (size 10 to 12) and men’s clothes (particularly XL to XXXL) are still needed. All types of toiletries, food and clothing is required for the backpackers.

Items can be left during business hours at Angels Community Group store at 71 George Street, Bundaberg South or call 4100 2715.

Globe Hotel

The popular meeting spot for backpackers at North Bundaberg is accepting clothes, toiletries, towels etc. They ask that items are dropped off at The Globe Hotel from 12 noon daily (no phone calls please).

Salvation Army Bundaberg

The Salvos are opening their shops to those affected, allowing them to come in and get specific items they need.

They are calling on the community to drop off clothing (particularly large men’s clothing) at any of the Salvation Army stores or donation bins around town.

The Salvos Family Superstore is located 1 Takalvan St, Bundaberg and is open until 4pm Monday to Friday. For more details call 4151 3014.

Lifeline Bundaberg

Lifeline Bundaberg is inviting the backpackers into the store to pick out what they need.

They have already supplied clothing, toiletries and blankets.

Anyone wanting to donate jumpers, jackets and work socks is asked to go into their North Bundaberg store at 8 Queen Street, which is open until 2.30 Monday to Friday (no phone calls please).

Studio 202 Bundaberg

Studio 202 at 202 Bourbong Street is collecting clothes and blankets for the backpackers. These can be dropped off to the shop during business hours.

Generous donations from companies

Many other companies have opened their doors and hearts to the backpackers.

K Mart Australia has donated boots, Priceline is supplying medical and personal items and Westpac have supplied backpacks.