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  • Donation ‘Depot’ helping turning houses into homes after flooding

    first_imgA concerned volunteer who could not stand by and watch those devastated by the Donegal floods is helping dozens of families to put their lives back together.Hundreds of families across Inishowen have been left homeless or had their properties damaged during last Tuesday’s torrential downpours.Charity volunteers Susan Farren watched as these families were left, in many cases, with just the clothes on their backs. Donegal County Council has stepped in and offered emergency accommodation to many of these devastated families.But Susan noticed that many literally had nothing to turn these houses into homes.So she set up a donation centre in the heart of Buncrana in the hope that locals and businesses may give a few small items to put some basic comforts back into the lives of the flood victims.She was the only volunteer at The Depot when it opened for the first time last Thursday. Susan and some of her team in Buncrana.Today, she has 20 volunteers working from 10am until 10pm answering calls and trying to help those who have found themselves in the fight of their lives.To date, Susan and her team has helped to furnish the homes of 24 families as well as helping dozens of individuals whose damaged homes needed other goods.Susan said the response from local people and individuals has been nothing short of amazing.“I just couldn’t stand by and watch and do nothing. I knew people needed a hand so I just set up The Depot. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think people would be so generous.“The stuff is coming in so quickly but it is also going out very quickly> Our message is just to keep it coming,” she said. Only yesterday (Tues), Susan and her team were able to help a family fit out their new temporary home with beds, washing machines, pots and pans, toaster, bed-sheets, toiletries and cutlery.“These people have been through so much that they are not even thinking straight when they come in here. They don’t even know what they actually need.“So they come in here and we sit down in a private room and go through their needs with a cup of tea. We are trying to give them back a bit of dignity in all of this madness.“Many of them have lost their homes and they have been given a house to replace it with. We are trying to give them what they need to make that house a home again for whatever period of time they need,” she said. Items have been donated from as far away as the other end of the country, in Cork and Kerry.With the time of the year that it is it, Susan said there is now a demand for school-bags and new underwear.And when people get back on their feet, Susan hopes many of the items can be passed on to other people or given back for a massive car boot sale which the group are planning to have.The Depot is located behind HML Transport in Buncrana.Donation ‘Depot’ helping turning houses into homes after flooding was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDonegal floodsInishowenSusan FarrenThe Depotlast_img read more