Thank you so much for your concern.
This is the worst natural disaster that has ever occurred in Australia, and our worst loss of lives outside the World Wars.
We will be making a donation today. We've been tossing up between the Salvos (Salvation Army) or the Red Cross for immediate action. They say they need money for people to go and buy clothes, but the government is giving immediate grants. We also hear that mountains of donated goods are already arriving in the affected areas. A lot of aid will be required to help people start to rebuild their homes, and in some cases, entire towns. And the medical aid for the burns victims will be ongoing as well. Any of these organizations are good for immediate relief as well as follow up services.
Here are the email addresses for the
Salvos www.salvationarmy.org.au/donations and the
Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.au/, as well as for the
Commonwealth Bank's Bushfire Appeal commbank.com.au. Just specify 'The Victorian Bushfire Appeal.'
When we first came to Australia, Paul had an uncle (since deceased) living in an area called Healesville, which is under threat today. He loved Australia and the bush so much, and introduced us to its beauties. It was a lovely area; I just can't imagine how it must look now. Thanks so much for getting in touch.