The new year has started off with some dire situations. One of the biggest news stories right now is about the fires spreading across all of Australia.
As I’m settling into work on the New Year, I was catching up on the blogs I follow and came across a post at Jay’s Brick Blog that really brought the crisis home.
When I was younger, I remember Florida had several large fires, some of which got pretty darn close to our home. Even though I felt relatively safe, I remembered the feeling of panicked neighbors, and hearing about others that were forced to abandon their homes to escape.
Reading Jay’s post… knowing that the entire country is feeling that same fear and trepidation no matter where they live, no matter where they go… it’s devastating to think about.
If you head over to “Raising Funds for the Australian Bushfire Crisis“, his post on the topic, you’ll find he has organized a donation fund that will go to the Australian Red Cross. In the spirit of the LEGO community, he has tied a bit of a Raffle to the event, but if you’re not interested in LEGO, you can also donate directly from the Australian Red Cross website.
It has been a major lift to read through Jay’s updates this morning, to see how The Rambling Brick, Bricktastic Blog, and multiple individuals have reached out and added various prizes and promotions to help pull in donations.
What’s more, it’s great to see that plenty of readers in the LEGO community are willing to jump at the opportunity to provide a little help and support for those they interact with, even if only digitally.
My family hopes and prays for the best in Australia as countless lives attempt to navigate the chaos of this crisis. I can’t pretend to fully understand the devastation that they feel, but I hope that our donation brings even a moment of peace for the families at risk.
We’re all in this together.