I'm sure many of you are aware of the horrific bushfires that are affecting Victoria, Aus. right now. Bushfires are definitely not out of the ordinary in an Australian summer, but the gravity of what is happening now as well as the possibility of arson being a cause, is unlike anything seen before. You can find more information here.
Although I grew up in New Zealand, I am Australian by birth and still have family there. I also read quite a few Australian, and specifically Victorian blogs, and consider them my friends. There are many ways you can help, from donating to stitching. The blogging and crafting community is an amazing resource in times like these, so please take a look around and either donate or buy a little something to help out the people of Victoria.
Hollie from Vegan and Vintage is donating 50% of all sales from her etsy store to Wildlife Victoria, for the month of February and possibly longer. She also has lots of great info about animal safety, and where you can donate. I purchased a lovely horse brooch and some sweet rose hair slides from her this morning, go check her stuff out!
There is also a Handmade Help blog, where you can bid on various items or find out more about how you can help by making....or buying what others make. Also, I think if you go onto etsy and search 'Bushfire' you'll find what crafters are selling in order to donate.
Both Evie and Jodi have some great lists and links on their blogs, and of course Pip has many awesome ways to help outlined on her blog.
Edit: You can go to this etsy store OzBushfureAppeal and purchase something that will directly raise money for those affected by the fires