Cynthia Cash is amazed by the generosity of the Gympie community.
Cynthia Cash is amazed by the generosity of the Gympie community. Tanya Easterby

Gympie digs deep for Typhoon Haiyan victims

THE Gympie community has stepped up to the plate in a time of need.

The victims of Typhoon Haiyan will soon receive a mass of donations from residents and local businesses.

Recently Cynthia Cash asked the community to donate survival items and her call was answered Gympie's Multicultural Information Network in James Nash Arcade is overflowing and Ms Cash is overwhelmed by the response.

"There has been a good response to the article and it's proof of Gympie's generosity," she said.

"I really want to thank the community overall."

Boxes and bags are filled to the brim with toothpaste, soap, water, tinned foods and an assortment of other living necessities.

Businesses including Sari-Sari Asian Mini Mart And Takeaway, Charlie's Hotel, Malouf IGA, Woolworths Southside, Drakes Supa IGA, Priceline Pharmacy Centro and Malouf Pharmacy Southside have also donated much-needed supplies.

Suncoast Gold Macadamias Australia have raised $670 in anticipation of a beard to be sacrificed by employee Wally Ryan.

There is also a hand-sewn quilt valued at $500 donated by Bev Cronin to be raffled.

A transport company have also donated their trucks and time to courier the goods to Brisbane.

A friend of Ms Cash, Brisbane resident Carmela Farmer, has also been raising money for her home town of Ormoc.

Ms Farmer has also a good response to her campaign and many donations have been made.

Ms Cash said the humanity of locals has been wonderful.

"I look around at all of these donations and it just gives me goose bumps," she said.

"I am overwhelmed by how generous people are."

Today at 10am volunteers who can are encouraged to meet at James Nash Arcade to help load the invaluable donations.