Devastating bushfires have been spreading across Australia for months, and they show no signs of slowing down. So far, about 12.35 million acres have burned, destroying more than 1,400 homes and killing at least 23 people.
It is estimated that more than half a billion wild animals have perished in the flames — a number that is expected to exponentially increase. Entire towns have evacuated to the shores and volunteer firefighters have left their families and careers behind to fight the flames around the clock.
Donate to the Salvation Army Australia, which is providing meals and support to evacuees and first responders in multiple locations.
Extra room in your home? Offer to host people in need of emergency housing on AirBnB.
Donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is helping evacuated families recover. The organization is providing food and clothing, helping cover bills, and donating household items to those whose homes have been destroyed.
Donate food, funds or services to Foodbank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia.
Donate to a GoFundMe dedicated to displaced First Nations Communities that need to rebuild.
Donate food, toiletries and household items using Givit.
Donate to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital‘s GoFundMe, which has rescued and treated dozens of koalas suffering from severe burns. The hospital is using donations to install automatic drinking stations in burnt areas to help wildlife searching for water and to establish a wild koala breeding program to ensure the survival of the species.
Donate to the RSPCA New South Wales, which is helping evacuate, rescue and treat pets and wildlife in threatened areas.