Apart from the amazing survival stories the only good thing to come out of it is the way everyday people across the nation are doing their bit to give a helping hand.
Today I heard about a cafe in my regional NSW town running a fundraising lunch on Friday in aid of the Victorian fire appeal.
Then in the blog world I came across some talented crafty people organising a charity auction or sale. See more info here http://handmadehelpsout.blogspot.com/ Even if you're not crafty, perhaps you can buy something?
There was also a Melbourne-based blogger whose workplace is full of people who know someone affected in the firestorm and says there is a need for blood donations. So why not head to your local blood bank – often to be found at a local hospital.
And another lovely blogger mentioned Guides Victoria are pitching in too with the help of the guiding community across Australia. See http://www.guidesvic.org.au/home/news_detail.asp?newsid=128 Maybe the guides in your local community are involved?
There's also the national efforts. Those who can spare cash can:
Donate to the Red Cross State Government Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund by clicking on the link; or,
Phone 1800 811 700Go to any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch
Go to any Bunnings store
Make a direct deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund BSB 082-001, Account number 860-046-797
Australia Post will donate $1 million to the bushfire relief fund and collect donations in more than 4000 post offices across the country.
I know we can all do a little something to make the lives of those affected a bit more comfortable. Even if it is a simple care package of toiletries – wouldn’t we all appreciate that if we were in the same circumstance?
My apologies for being on a soapbox of sorts. I just feel it really matters that we help in whatever way we can.