Every bit counts

How you can help bushfire victims and volunteer firefighters.

The devastating images of Australia’s bushfire crisis have left many Queenslanders wondering how they can assist communities impacted by the fire.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has encouraged Queenslanders to donate to registered charities such as The Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross Society, St Vincent de Paul Society and Lifeline to help people affected by the recent widespread bushfires.

“We need to back our communities across a number of regions impacted by severe bushfires with financial assistance and support services,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Here’s what you can do to help bushfire victims and volunteer firefighters.

I’d like to donate money

Australia’s major charities help in several ways during a crisis, including providing meals, clothing and essential services to people who have lost their homes or have been evacuated. 

Donating to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal will help to provide food, clothing and bill support to households recovering from a bushfire.

The Salvation Army Emergency Services has provided thousands of meals to evacuees at evacuation centres across the country as well as fire crews in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. Donating to the Salvos will ensure firefighters are well fed so they can continue to battle blazes across the country.

You can donate to the Queensland Rural Fire Service through ABC Radio’s Queensland Gives appeal or contact your local brigade directly. 

I’d like to donate items

Givit is running a campaign to help connect Queensland and New South Wales bushfire victims with the specific items they need to get back on their feet. Items currently listed by people impacted by the fires include deodorant, fencing materials, cattle food, a chicken coop and grocery vouchers.

Foodbank is connecting food and groceries to affected areas to support both firefighters and bushfire victims. You can hold a food drive in your workplace to donate non-perishable goods or, if you’re in the hospitality industry, you can donate excess stock.

I’d like to give blood

If donating cash or items isn’t right for you, consider donating blood. 

The Australian Red Cross’ blood donation service Lifeblood had to close donor centres due to the bushfires so blood stocks are low.

Lifeblood spokesperson Helen Walsh said the service will need more donations as the bushfire crisis worsens. 

“With blood being a critical resource, we simply cannot afford to take a wait and watch approach and are calling for donors to please roll up their sleeves in order to bolster the nation’s blood stocks,” Ms Walsh said.

“We are asking people outside the fire zones to donate if eligible and to encourage family and friends to roll up their sleeves and donate."

Find out where to give blood and if you’re eligible to donate.

I’d like to help animals

A number of organisations and charities are looking out for the welfare of pets and wildlife.

Queensland animal welfare organisation The Rescue Collective is collecting pet food, vet supplies and equipment and distributing it to rescue organisations across Australia, as well as helping survivors organise emergency care an accommodation for their pets. You can register to become a drop-off point for donations or leave a donation at one of more than 300 drop-off points in Queensland. 

Lucky Cat Café is holding a sewing bee to create bat wraps and joey/possum pouches to help injured wildlife. You can drop in to sew a few pouches or donate fabric or craft supplies at their Annerley location. The patterns are also available on the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Facebook page if you’d prefer to sew at home.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is raising money to provide drinking stations for wildlife in fire-affected regions and establish a koala breeding program to help rebuild the decimated koala population. 

Find out what to do if you come across an injured animal.

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