This is way off topic.
This weekend has seen a tragic series of massive bushfires sweep through the Australian state of Victoria. Bushfires are a common part of Australian life, but this weekend marks a sad day in Australian history. At last report 84 lives have been taken by the fire, including children. More than 750 homes have been lost, including whole towns. It is devastating to say the least.
Sarah and I have been chatting tonight about doing something for the survivors. Now there are many ways people can help out and you can click here to get more information on making a financial donation.
If you'd like to put your craft skills to good use, The Toy Society will be collecting handmade toys over the next couple of weeks to be donated to children impacted by the fires. Many families have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. At this stage there are no organisations collecting goods on behalf of survivors however, we will keep you informed about which organisation we find to take the donations.
If you have any ideas about existing charities looking for these kind of donations, please let me know.
12 Feb Edited to add: The first donated handmade toy was delivered to Whittlesea today. Thought you'd like to know. Any further updates will appear here on this post and will be emailed to anyone who volunteered to make a toy.