Australian Bush Fires – How to Help

Everyone has seen the devastating fires that are tearing through parts of Australia destroying homes, lives and millions of animals. We are being confronted with upsetting and sad news on a daily basis from TV, social media and even just looking outside to see the haze of smoke drifting into parts of Australia that aren’t even close to the fires.

They have said the best thing to do is to donate money to any of the main charities including NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES), Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, WWF, The Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, Vinnies, Celeste Barber Facebook Fundraiser, NSW Rural Fire Service or the VIC Country Fire Association.

However, if you want to get crafty and make something that will help the animals that are now in care suffering burns, injuries or displaced from the fires then check out the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Facebook page. They are taking a range of donations showing which products are in vital need and what products they don’t need. They also include tutorials and shipping information on where to send them to. They are asking to make things from your fabric stash or try to choose second hand or recycled materials to be eco friendly.

My mum and I made over 50 mittens which were sent to NSW Koala’s in Care last December but the fires have only got worse over the Christmas period. It’s so great to see sewing bloggers and facebook groups getting involved and donating whatever they can.

I found the pattern for the mittens from the IFAW website shown below.

I’m not going to add more confronting imagery to upset you but these are the amazing little creatures that make up so much of what is great about Australia. We don’t want to lose them, so please help us if you can!

Lots of love Erin xx

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