Raging fires couldn't stop Wisemans Ferry residents from delivering nine truckloads of hope to the Liverpool Plains at the weekend.
The Tambar Springs Royal Hotel was abuzz with activity as the trucks rolled in loaded with feed, fresh produce, water and cereal foods to sustain locals and their livestock in the continuing drought.
The hotel's Bruce Hockings and Penny Haire were amidst the action and said they were gobsmacked by the sheer scale of donations from the town, which has been threatened by bushfires.
"It's simply amazing. These guys had fires raging all around their homes the day before, the night before, and they still came up," Mr Hockings said.
"It was simply mind-blowing, the generosity, especially when they're under duress with their houses."
Mrs Haire said one driver even slept in the cab of his truck on Friday night.
"He wouldn't have been able to get out of there otherwise. That sort of commitment is amazing. They went above and beyond anything you can imagine," she said.
The hotel co-owners said it had started out as a water drive and soon grew to exceed expectations.
Mrs Haire said she didn't understand just how much was headed their way until the pub received the inventory on Friday.
"It blew me away. I still get goosebumps when I think about generosity of these people who have never met us, and thought, 'You know what? We will give them a hand'," she said.
A group of locals came on board to help with logistics and Mrs Haire said Keli McDonald "headed up an army of people, putting produce in bags so it could be evenly distributed".
I still get goosebumps when I think about generosity of these people who have never met us.Penny Haire
Mr Hockings also got hands-on, spending countless hours operating a forklift to unload supplies.
"Lots of locals gave up time to help and be part of the day," he said.
"[The drive] helped a lot of people and the nice thing was that ... it was also a great day for making people feel good about themselves
"It's a good thing for the community and I can't thank the blokes from Wisemans Ferry enough."
Mrs Haire said farmers still held the "humble mindset" that someone was always doing it tougher than them, so they didn't come by the pub until the second day. Others collected feed for their neighbours to drop off on the way past.
Community-minded events "like that should happen more often", according to Mr Hockings.
"It's so good to see what can be achieved just by people's generosity," he said.
"At the end of the day, one or two bales doesn't change everything but it lifts their spirits. It's a good news story because people care about their plight; people out there are thinking about them and it helps."
A stone mason even prepared a special plaque to hang in the pub, cementing a new relationship between the towns.
"We'd like to be like a sister town to these guys. I can't get over how much they did and people really appreciated it," Mr Hockings said.
"Down the track we hope to take a bus and go down and visit their pub and put some money in their town."