Salvation Army personnel, mostly volunteers, have been feeding fire fighters and those affected at evacuation centres in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, on the central coast, and at Raymond Terrace.
In the Blue Mountains, The Salvation Army has set up a presence on burnt out streets, offering affected residents support, meals and beverages. A dedicated Salvation Army Emergency Services truck has been deployed so crews will be able to drive to affected areas and set up a mobile support base.
"We just want to be there for the many, many residents who are hurting right now," says Springwood Salvation Army Officer Captain Phil Sharp. "We are ready and willing to assist in any way possible."
The Salvation Army also reminds those people who wish to support the Bushfire Appeal that donations of cash, rather than goods, are best, enabling the Salvos to aid the community immediately.
"We've been overwhelmed by the level of support for The Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal, which has already raised more than $300,000," says Major Jeff Winterburn, "and we'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who's donated.
"Financial donations allow the people affected to recover with dignity as they are able to purchase items they need most," says Major Winterburn.
Those wishing to support The Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal may donate by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visiting salvos.org.au, or in person at any Westpac branch or Woolworths store across the country. Donations are tax deductible. Woolworths will be matching public donations dollar for dollar for the next two weeks.