Here's how you can help Australia's bushfire victims

As fires tear through Australian communities, destroying lives, homes and animals, many are wondering what they can do to help victims and support firefighters..

Red Cross

Red Cross doesn't have a specific bushfire fundraiser, but it's raising money through its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

The charity is calling for cash donations, and it has raised more than $8 million since New Year's Eve.

"We appreciate that everybody wants to help, but donating money is a more direct way to provide cash grants to people who have lost their homes," a spokesman said.

"When people have cash in their own pockets, they can spend it in their own communities."

Donate here.

St Vincent de Paul Society

During its bushfire appeal, Vinnies only accepts cash donations. The charity is currently running appeals for NSW, Queensland and South Australian bushfire and drought victims.

Donate here.

Salvation Army

The Salvos are also after cash donations, and say the logistics of transporting, storing and distributing items in disaster-affected communities is often not practical.

"Cash allows Salvation Army emergency services to meet the need as it emerges ... and stay in communities as they rebuild in long-term recovery," the Salvos' Steve Speziale says.

"Today at numerous locations we are feeding firefighters and evacuees, and answering the needs of communities devastated by bushfires and we do this with the support of so many Australians."

Donate here.

Community Enterprise Foundation

This appeal is run by Bendigo Bank's charitable arm, and will initially focus on raising funds for communities in East Gippsland, north-east Victoria, south-east NSW and the Adelaide Hills.

Bendigo Bank has partnered with Emergency Management Victoria for this appeal, which has already raised more than $2 million. The Victorian government is also directing its donations here.

People are being asked to donate cash, as "monetary donations are quicker, more effective and logistically provide far more flexibility than donations of material items or pre-loved goods".

Donate here.

Firefighters

Victoria's Country Fire Authority and the NSW Rural Fire Service are running their own donations for those wanting to support the firefighters. They are accepting cash donations only.

Donate to the CFA here and to the RFS here.

Foodbank

Cash donations are preferable, but the organisation is also accepting good quality tinned food (with ring pull), UHT milk, and items that are easy to "grab and go" like muesli bars, cereals, biscuits and pantry staples.

Foodbank also accepts pet food and personal hygiene products.

Do not donate clothes, razors, medicine, alcohol, clothes or bedding. Drop off between 10am-5pm on the weekend, and between 9am-5pm during the week.

Donate here.

World Wildlife Fund

WWF Australia is raising money to help restore homes for the koalas when the fires have cleared. More than 2000 koalas have perished in NSW alone.

Donate here.

GIVIT

GIVIT, a national not-for-profit that connects people with charities, is raising money on behalf of a number of organisations, as well as collecting items.

There is an online virtual warehouse, in which people list their locations and what they need. This enables others to donate an item on people's wish lists and donate it at an agreed drop-off point.

Donate here.

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund

GERF was set up in 1978 to help Gippsland locals recover from natural disaster. The charity is calling for cash donations.

Donate here.


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