As bushfires continue to spread through rural communities, Australia is facing an unprecedented national crisis with loss of lives, wildlife, and homes. Authorities are calling for evacuations and citizens have taken to social media to ask for help. At the time of this writing, the fires have taken the lives of 27 people, including three firefighters, as well as over half a billion animals. Currently, 18 million acres of land have been incinerated.
The situation is grim and our prayers are with the country and the people of Australia. Additionally, Faith Strong Today has compiled a shortlist of organizations helping to provide relief amid this disaster. Below you will find just a few ways you can help through financial or practical donations.
A Few Ways to Help
Australian Red Cross – Providing practical, local support, the Australian Red Cross provides relief and supplies to the people impacted during disasters. They also provide non-financial ways to help, including donations of clothing and small homewares, volunteering roles, and blood drives. Donate here.
Victoria, Australia Fire Departments – Partnering with the Salvation Army and Bengido Bank to create the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, the Victoria Government is giving one hundred percent of the funds donated directly toward communities in need. Donate here.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service – Comprised of 2,100 rural fire brigades with a total of about 72,000 volunteer firefighters. Donations made to the NSW Rural Fire Service or local Rural Fire Brigade will directly benefit the organization’s volunteers. Donate here.
Samaritan’s Purse – Spearheaded by evangelical pastor Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse aims to provide “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.” Donations help enable staff and volunteers to provide relief to those in need through relief supplies. Donate here.
Hillsong Church – In response to the unprecedented and ongoing devastation caused by the Australian Bushfires over the last several months Hillsong Church has organized a Global Bushfire Appeal. 100% of giving will go towards assisting volunteer firefighters across the country and supporting families directly affected by the fires. Donate here.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital – Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed wildlife conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has been taking in many displaced animals to the Irwin family owned Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. The zoo’s Wildlife Warriors program is raising money for new enclosures to house flying foxes and koalas injured or displaced by fires. Donate here.
World Wildlife Fund Australia – This chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization is accepting donations to care for injured wildlife and, when the fires clear, to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitat. Donate here.