One of the amazing things to me about the internet is how it can make the world such a small place. When I look at my visitor statistics, I am surprised and gratified to see people visiting my blog from so many places: North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East… and Australia.
It’s those Australian visitors who are most on my mind these days. The news coverage of the fires in Victoria has shocked and appalled me, and the idea that some of the fires seem to have been deliberately set simply boggles my mind.
Since it’s not practical for me to grab my passport, fly to Oz and pitch in with the relief efforts on the ground, I started looking around for other ways I could help. Not surprisingly, I found that others in the blogosphere are far far ahead of me.
The photos that Knitabulous posted today made me cry, and made me realize that I needed to write this post.
Caffeine Faerie posted a link to Wildlife Victoria, which has lost two shelters in the fires and says that donations are desperately needed. She also mentioned that she’s joined the Ravelry group Packages Down Under and is knitting blanket squares for them.
Serendipity has begun a fundraising effort for the Australian Red Cross, and she’s even offering prizes for contributors. Details on this post, and a current tally and update on donated prizes can be found here.
Krafty Kuka has gathered all kinds of information on her blog. Cash donations, blood donations, Etsy shops, handcrafting efforts; you name it, she’s tracked it down.
So, here’s where the “Appeal” comes in: I know that times are tough for a lot of us right now, what with that whole world-wide economic crisis and all, but I’m asking you to do what you can. Donate money if you can afford it, donate blood, knit a square for a blanket, purchase something from a participating Etsy vendor, do something else I haven’t thought of.
Commenters who let me know what they’re doing to help will be entered into a random list generator (see Bells, I’m a geek all the time), and three people will receive sock yarn from my ridiculous stash. Just tell me what your favorite color is, I’ll ship anywhere in the world. Contest will run until 18 February 2009, at 1 pm PST.
To my Australian readers: You’re all in my heart and my thoughts. Stay safe.