DEEP pockets and dirty cars have helped the Longford community raise much-needed funds to help those affected by the Tasmanian bushfires.
The Northern Midlands township held a car wash and sausage sizzle yesterday to raise $800 for its fellow Tasmanians in need.
The Longford Fire Brigade supervised the car wash, which second officer Ron Denne said was a huge success.
``We washed 45 cars and I can say that the sausage sizzlers - the Longford Fishing Club members - were also run off their feet,'' Mr Denne said.
``Cars were washed by donation - people were giving us whatever they had in their pockets.
``One lady handed me $20 and didn't even worry about getting her car washed, that's just what people are like out here in Longford.''
Mr Denne said the day was a great show of community spirit, with even the younger folk of the town getting involved in the appeal.
``Over the years, the Longford Fire Brigade has raised over $280,000 for people who need it.
``We just keep helping out wherever we can, that's what this town is about,'' Mr Denne said.