A NSW mum has revealed an “overwhelming” display of kindness from Woolworths after losing her home in the devastating bushfires which have hit the state.
Mum of two Anna Lawrence lost her home in Willawarrin on the NSW Mid North Coast last week in bushfires, according to a GoFundMe page.
Ms Lawrence’s home was one of more than 303 homes destroyed in NSW.
“Unfortunately, they didn’t save any of their possessions and only got out with the clothes on their backs,” the GoFundMe page reads.
Ms Lawrence and her two kids Kaela, 10, and Cal, 8, have since moved to a rental property in nearby Kempsey.
On Saturday, she went to the Woolworths at Kempsey and had to get everything including the “bare essentials”.
In total, she had $700 worth of items.
“As we got to the checkout the woman behind the counter went to the manager to try and get $100 off our groceries,” Ms Lawrence told Yahoo News Australia.
“The manager then came down to speak with us.”
Ms Lawrence said Woolies then offered to pay for all her groceries, reducing her to tears.
“It was really overwhelming,” she said.
“We were all in tears. It was so nice of them.”
The mum shared her experience on Facebook.
“I am truly touched and forever grateful,” she wrote.
“After losing our home and all our possessions to the bush fires in Willawarrin last week, this has been an extremely challenging time for us.”
“You have no idea how much your help has meant to us. Words are really hard to express it.
“You took generosity and kindness to an uncommon level today with surprising us by paying for our first shop for our new home. We’re so grateful for your support.”
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia in a statement, “it’s important for local communities to rally together in response to the devastating bushfires”.
“We’re delighted our Kempsey store was able to provide a helping hand in this time of need,” the spokesperson said.
Woolworths praised for another act of generosity
Meanwhile a Woolworths and BWS in Sydney’s northwest have been praised for donating water to the Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre.
Melanie Storrie wrote on Facebook she asked Woolies at Glenorie, northwest of the Sydney CBD, if they would be willing to help firies and communities impacted by the Gospers Mountain Fire.
“When I asked if they’d be happy to help, they said they’d give me as much as I could fit in my car which turned out to be 45 slabs,” she wrote.
She added the generosity of the manager at Glenorie was “overwhelming”.
In a response to the post, Woolworths said it’s “glad” to hear the Glenorie team was able to help and support “our incredible firefighters and emergency services personnel”.
“We'll be sure to share your thoughts with our Glenorie Store Management Team so those involved receive the recognition they deserve,” Woolworths wrote.
- with AAP
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