BIG HEARTS: Joyce Mayne staff Adam Cranitch (left) and Stephen Palmer (right) were pleased to help out Kelly McGuiness and her children Zachary and Shaeleigh with some new furniture after her home burned down in the Mt Archer fires.
BIG HEARTS: Joyce Mayne staff Adam Cranitch (left) and Stephen Palmer (right) were pleased to help out Kelly McGuiness and her children Zachary and Shaeleigh with some new furniture after her home burned down in the Mt Archer fires. Megan Lewis

A good reason to smile

IF it weren't for the help of Joyce Mayne Furniture, bushfire victim Kellie McGuiness might not be smiling so much today.

When Rockhampton furniture business franchisee Adam Cranitch heard about Kellie and her family's situation he immediately got on the phone.

“They were sleeping on a mattress on the floor, had no couch or dining room table,” Mr Cranitch said yesterday.

“We just wanted to help get their life back together.”

Kellie and her partner Iain, who have three children, lost their Poinciana Street home on Saturday, October 17, during the wild bushfires that swept through the Berserker Ranges.

Joyce Mayne donated more than $3500 worth of furniture to equip Kellie's new rental home. It included a bed frame, dinner table and chest of drawers.

Yesterday Kellie said she was still in shock over the generosity of the community.

“I just have to look around my house and it's hard to think that 10 days ago we were homeless and now we have everything again,” she said.

“Everything has been going great. And necessity-wise we are all good,” she said.

Kellie's new home is in Frenchville, well away from any bushland.

“I will never live among bushland again,” she said.

They lost everything apart from a few photographs and their computer.

Radio Rentals also presented a washing machine and television.

Other community members donated various necessities, including a cot for her youngster, 2½-month-old Zachary.

Kellie did not have contents insurance at the time the fire struck.



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