A SCHOOL which came toe-to-toe with a North East bushfire has opened its doors to the community.
Middle Indigo Primary became a hub on Monday when it offered showers, food, drinks, childcare or even just a bit of company.
Principal Tammy Burnett was coordinating the day and described the scene as “chaotic”.
Anglicare, UnitingCare, St Vincent’s and the Victorian Council of Churches were on site.
Ms Burnett said donations of food, clothes, bikes, toys and linen would be taken at the school.
“It's not just for families who lost their homes, but the ones who still have theirs and have had the inside damaged by smoke,” she said.
“Clothing, bedding and towels can’t be washed at the moment because there is no electricity.
“We've had a lot of volunteers come in and children have been helping too.
“I've spoken to a few of the families and they are doing much better today, everyone is banding together and working as a community.”
Ms Burnett is urging any families affected by fire to call into the school for assistance.
The centre will remain open until Thursday and people who wish to donate the listed items should drop then in before then.
Another meeting will be held at the school at 3pm Wednesday.