Hastings residents Robyn Rawson and Luis Baker collecting to help Doing It For Our Farmers campaign

COLLECTING: Robyn Rawson and Luis Baker with a campaign box.
COLLECTING: Robyn Rawson and Luis Baker with a campaign box.

Hastings residents are helping drought-affected farmers and their families by opening a drop-off centre for donations.

Robyn Rawson and Luis Baker saw the drought devastation first hand during an inland holiday in August.

The couple said they opted for an inland holiday rather than heading to the traditional Gold Coast holiday destination.

"A month ago we went to Inverell, Glen Innes and Tenterfield as a change to support the region instead of heading to the Gold Coast," Ms Rawson said.

"It was a real eye-opener. It (the conditions) were horrible. There was no grass or stock, the creeks aren't running and all the dams are dry.

"The big thing that got me was seeing the empty turtle shells. The farmers said 'it's that bad that the turtles are dying because they cannot walk from dam to dam.'

"That really hit me because I love our local wildlife in Port Macquarie."

Ms Rawson partnered with Farmers Pantry Tamworth for a Doing It For Our Farmers campaign to distribute non-perishable groceries, pet food and items to landowners in need.

A collection point was set up in Port Macquarie for the campaign at Stihl Shop Port Macquarie, 5 Milton Circuit.

A number of donation boxes have also been distributed for local businesses which will be collected and delivered on December 14.

DONATIONS: A Doing It For Our Farmers collection point in Port Macquarie. Photo: Stihl Shop Port Macquarie.

DONATIONS: A Doing It For Our Farmers collection point in Port Macquarie. Photo: Stihl Shop Port Macquarie.

"When I got home I was wondering what can we do and we started collecting items to donate," she said.

"I brought it up at our rock 'n' roll club, Let's Dance Rock 'n' Roll, and we've been collecting for a week.

"I think it is going to go big."

Similar drop-off centres are also located in Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Canowindra and parts of Sydney. Groceries must have a use by date not before February 2020.