If you’re not sure how to donate to the bush fire appeal, here is a list of organisations collecting funds. The only organisation collecting food items is FoodBank.
“We appreciate that everybody wants to help, but donating money is a more direct way to provide cash grants to people who have lost their homes,” a spokesman said. “When people have cash in their own pockets, they can spend it in their own communities.”
The NSW Rural Fire Service and Victoria’s Country Fire Authority are running their own donations for those wanting to support the firefighters. They are accepting cash donations only.
Victorian Bushfire Appeal
This appeal was launched by the state government with the Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation and the Salvos. The appeal has already raised $2 million from the public, to which the Victorian government pledged an additional $2 million at the weekend.
The government says 100 per cent of all donations will go to communities in need, “covering the cost of everything from a grocery shop to replacing school uniforms”.
“The Appeal will also help address the most immediate priorities of communities, including the rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife,” the government says.
St Vincent de Paul Society
During its bushfire appeal, Vinnies only accepts cash donations. The charity is currently running appeals for victims of bushfires and drought in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.
The Salvos are also after cash donations and say the logistics of tangible items as donations are not practical.
“Cash allows Salvation Army emergency services to meet the need as it emerges … and stay in communities as they rebuild in long-term recovery,” the Salvos’ Steve Speziale says.
This organisation is accepting good-quality tinned food (with ring pull), UHT milk, and items that are easy to “grab and go” like muesli bars, cereals, biscuits and pantry staples. Foodbank also accepts pet food and personal hygiene products.
Do not donate clothes, razors, medicine, alcohol, clothes or bedding. Drop off between 10am-5pm on the weekend, and between 9am-5pm during the week.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF Australia is raising money to help restore homes for the koalas when the fires have cleared.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Staff at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital are treating about 30 koalas, which they spent weeks rescuing following devastating bushfires on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
They are raising money to install animal drinking stations in burnt areas, and to set up a koala breeding program.
Bible Society Australia
Bible Society are also supporting bushfire and disaster victims by replacing Bibles and providing Scripture resources along side other practical needs. Contribute to this fund.