Tuesday, February 10, 2009

what can we do?

well it got worse - we are now looking at possibly 300 people killed in the bushfires, possibly more. and there are still fires burning out of control. dreadful, dreadful stories of loss and terror. we have become news junkies scanning websites and papers, glued to the tv news and weeping through every story.

but what can we do?
  • give money to the red cross appeal - they have already raised $30 million in 2 days but the need is vast
  • give the salvation army donations of money, clothing, anything to help people rebuild their lives
  • give blood - not just now or tomorrow or next week. they will need blood for months to come as people have surgery after surgery for their burns
  • support all the various community fund raisers - there will be quilts raffled at the Australian Quilt Convention next week, pip at www.meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com is coordinating a fund raising and relief effort, cindy is raising money through online craft auctions at http://handmadehelpsout.blogspot.com/ and she has a list of other suggestions for providing practical help now.
  • if you're in australia do a big shop this friday as coles supermarkets are donating all their profits to the bushfire appeal. and hopefully other big stores will follow their lead.
it won't bring anyone back or rub out the horror but it's something.......


Ping said...

Clem Bastow is collecting toiletries and sanitary items to be delivered to the relief centres. The drop-off point is the Tripe R studio in East Brunswick (cnr Nicholson St and Arthurton Rd/Blythe St), between 10am and 6pm today.


hippopip said...

Good to hear that you are safe and well,its awful news and we do all think about you,take care