How to lend support during the bushfire crisis
Without a doubt, recent times have been tough on Australians as residents and first responders battle against raging fires to save lives, homes and livelihoods.
Across the state, there are reports that seven people have died and 170 homes have been destroyed after fires swept through.
It can be hard to watch, particularly when it feels like there is nothing one can do to help.
So, here is a handy list of where you can donate to support the efforts of those tackling the raging blazes across the state.
1. The Rural Fire Service
Help the men and women on the front line by donating directly to the organisation that steps up to the plate. There are three ways you can donate:
Donate by credit card at Secure online donations.
Deposit funds directly. Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service. Bank: Westpac BSB: 032-001 Account No: 171051. (To request a receipt please email your name, date of deposit, amount and address to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Post a cheque or money order to NSW Rural Fire Service, Locked Bag 17, Granville NSW 2142.
2. The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army launched The Bushfire Disaster Appeal last year to allow Australians to support the communities affected.
Teams are providing meals to evacuees and frontline responders, and will continue to provide whatever support is needed as the situation develops.
Here is how donations could help:
$80 - can help to provide household essentials during an emergency.
$125 - can help reach isolated families in an emergency.
$250 - can help provide urgent immediate assistance, like food and shelter.
$1000 - can go towards ongoing care and support in the aftermath of the emergency
3. Australian Red Cross
The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery accepts donations, and you can call them on 1800 811 700 or making a donation online.
Red Cross will use the donations to help affected communities by providing aid and maintaining stocks of critical disaster response equipment including water filtration, shelter, hygiene and cooking kits for use in emergencies.