The news has been filled with devastating images and video of the Australian wildfires. While many of us feel helpless, there are ways we can help. Perhaps even your kids want to help and that’s exactly why I’ve gathered information on How Your Kids Can Help With The Australian Fires. If we all come together, we can try to help save people and animals battling the Australian Bushfires.
Here’s How Your Kids Can Help With The Australian Fires
As of right now, it is too unsafe to travel to Australia so it leaves many of us feeling hopeless since we can’t just hop on a plane and head over to help give aid and support.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t help from here in the U.S. There are ways that your efforts can be heard and seen. Especially if you want your kids to get in on the support, there are ways they can help too. The ways you and your kids can help include:
You and your kids can help donate money to help those in need. While money may seem so little, any amount helps. The money is used to purchase fuel for the planes to transport evacuees, transport for firefighters, transport of dumping water, etc. It’s also used to purchase medical supplies, food and other aid for evacuees and animals in need. You can donate money at:
- The Australian Red Cross
- The Salvation Army Australia, which is providing meals and support to evacuees and first responders in multiple locations.
- The St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is helping evacuated families recover. The organization is providing food and clothing, helping cover bills, and donating household items to those whose homes have been destroyed.
While food may cost a bit more to buy and ship, Australians are in need of food. You can send food to the Australian Foodbank which is the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia.
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As fires continue to ravage many parts of NSW, Foodbank has been on the ground, delivering emergency relief in the form of hampers, fresh produce, bottled water and muesli bars to assist bushfire-affected communities stretching almost the entire length of the state. Thank you to everyone who has donated food and funds. Our National Donors and Partners have been incredible – donating funds in the lead up to Christmas and goods by the pallet load, but we’re here for the long run and we need more help! With weather conditions forecast to worsen, we need funds to purchase bulk food for thousands of hampers to continue to help those for an indefinite time. If you can help, please head to www.foodbanknsw.org.au and donate funds or food. We strongly prefer funds so we can purchase the right food in large quantities. However, if you do have products you wish to donate, we’ll advise dropoff locations in coming days. Thank you and please stay safe! #ZeroHunger #BushFireEmergencyRelief Image credit: Gary Ramage
You can your kids can spend time shopping and putting together toiletry bags for evacuees. You can head to the dollar store to pick up items like soap, toothpaste, and other personal care items and make ziploc bags filled with these necessities. You can them donate them to Givit which helps disperse these items to the local charities in Australia. They even have a list of items they are in need of.
Make and Donate Crocheted Nests For The Animals
Many organizations are asking for the public’s help in making crocheted nests for the animals. These consist of joey pouches, blankets, beds, product liners, towels, etc. for the animals that are being rescued and cared for. There are free patterns you can use and organizations are asking you follow these patterns exactly to ensure safety of the animals. You can then ship the handmade items to the organizations for distribution. You can find all that info here.