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Fire chief praises BH girl’s kindness

Saturday, 11th January, 2020

Tamsyn Grillett with her shower packs for bushfire victims. PICTURE: Tina Grillett Tamsyn Grillett with her shower packs for bushfire victims. PICTURE: Tina Grillett

By Callum Marshall

The generosity of the Broken Hill community has been further highlighted by local Tamsyn Gillett, who has just sent across 32 toiletry packs to the RFS to help people affected by the bushfires.

The 11-year-old recently contacted RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons saying she wanted to help out those who’d lost their homes.

In a Facebook post on Thursday night, Mr Fitzsimmons said Tamsyn had asked her mum Tina to reach out to friends and family on Facebook seeking donations of toiletry items that she could make into shower packs for others.

“So far she’s made up 32 individual packs and posted them to me at NSW Rural Fire Service State Operations,” said Mr Fitzsimmons.

“Well Tamsyn, they’ve arrived today and I’ll ensure they are sent to an evacuation/recovery centre for distribution.

“What a lovely example of kindness and thoughtfulness for others - mum and dad would be very proud. Thank you.”

Tamsyn’s work has also drawn praise from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who shared Mr Fitzsimons’s Twitter post about receiving Tamsyn’s donated packs and said: “Awesome. Thanks and well done Tamsyn.”

Tina Grillett said her daughter had a big heart and was always wanting to help others. 

“Tamsyn is a bit overwhelmed with all the publicity she has received, she is a shy girl with a big heart always wanting to help others and didn’t expect so much interest in her little way of helping at this devastating time,” said Mrs Grillett.

“Tamsyn, like many many others, are all pulling together and doing what they can big or small ... we are very proud of her and everyone else who is doing their bit for our beautiful country Australia.” 

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