I live in a little place called Boring in Oregon. I haven’t visited much of the world yet, although I hope to one day. But through this blog, I feel like I’ve connected with the world in a way I never imagined. I have followers from all over, and I’ve found links on other blogs to my projects in languages I couldn’t even identify without help. I’ve sent a few lens cap pockets from my Etsy store overseas to places that make me want to stuff myself in the package. Last week, one of those places was Australia.
I won’t get in to the devastation they’ve suffered and the massive rebuilding project they have ahead. You know what’s going on. What I do want to talk about is how you can help. Crafters tend to be generous people, we just need to know which direction to point our efforts.
I first came across the Queensland Flood Auctions list last week. It’s massive. Crafters and suppliers from all over the world are offering their items for auction or raffle, with all of the proceeds going toward flood relief. I noticed most of these end TONIGHT, so don’t wait to check it out.
The official Queensland Government donation site is located here.
Here you’ll find an Etsy shop called Australian Flood Appeal. The proceeds from all sales of everything in the shop will be donated and the sellers have donated the cost of the shipping as well. This shop has a great cause, but is also full of really beautiful things. I’m sorry to have to tell you, the brooch below is no longer available, but it will look lovely on the lapel of my coat!
The Australian Salvation Army has a website here.
Sew Many Quilts, So Little Time is accepting donations of quilt-as-you-go blocks, which will be made into quilts and donated to those in need. Be sure to read this post about what a quilt-as-you-go square is.
The Australian Red Cross website is here.
Queensland Quilters Inc. is requesting donations of quilts, unquilted tops, cotton quilting fabric, cotton batting, quilting books and magazines or financial donations.
My thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Australia, and here’s hoping we can all find a way to help.