I am sitting here alone thinking about how devastating the last 24 hours have been for people in Victoria. For those of you outside of Australia, extreme temperatures and high winds have fueled major bush (forest) fires across the State that have, as of Sunday evening, claimed the lives of 76 people.
I cannot imagine the horror of this, for those poor families that have literally lost everything. I have read some reports of babies without clothes, or food or nappies and families wearing the only possessions they have left in the world. And of course the tragic stories of the 76 people who couldn't get out in time...
So I am compelled to do something. I am not sure what form this may take but, I am thinking of doing what I know how to do - to make something. Like I did when Alice died. I am thinking of sewing some clothes and handmade softies for the babies and children that have suffered this unthinkable loss. And I am thinking of asking for other people to perhaps do the same.
Tomorrow I will try and get in contact with the Red Cross or CWA in Victoria and see what I can do. I will let you know. And please let me know if you know would like to help.
Such a sad, sad time.
(Monday AM) Ed: I have decided to start the collection now and find a distribution point/agency as I go. If you are keen to help, please let me know. I am going to applique some onesies and tee-shirts for babies and children. Just some simple, cheery designs. And I will do some girls skirts. And of course, some little creatures to cuddle. I know the Toy Society is also doing a toy collection.
I will let you know if anyone is taking 'second hand clothes' - I know some charities are asking for money donations, not clothing but, I will keep you posted on this.