Monday, February 9, 2009

Fire appeal


As many Australians today and over the week-end witnessed the tragedy of one of Australia's greatest natural disasters. The Fires that have ravaged Victoria are horrendous and the death toll staggering and still rising. These people have not only lost loved ones but they have lost everything, there homes, memories and lives of loved ones. My sister 10 years ago lost her home to a house fire and i'll never forget her desperation as she asked me to brings clothes for her and the children, to realize at the point she didn't even have the basics is such a reminder to what these families are about to go through and it breaks my heart. I asked my husband what could we do to help and we came up with an idea, Our home-wares/fashion store is having a huge clearance sale, today we are packing it all up and donating it all to the families in need. So to all my lily-g customers who read my blog our sale has officially ended today in help of others.

27 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

You are truly an angel...

david said...

That's a great gesture. Thanks for a thoughtful post!

Lee said...

That's a very caring and thoughtful way to help those who are desparately in need. It's quite distressing isn't it to think of all those people enduring such loss and suffering.

Alison Gibbs said...

That is a wonderful thing for you to do. As of 7.00am this morning there were 108 people who had lost their lives to this tragic event.
Alison

LexyB said...

That's a wonderful thing to do. I can't believe this has happened!

Millie said...

Dearest Judy, what a loving & beautiful gesture made from your heart. Thank you for your caring comment & for thinking of us here in the Adelaide Hills. It is cool & overcast today, such a welcome relief from the searing heat, but we hear more challenging weather is on the way.
Millie ^_^

IRENE said...

We have been following the news, it's terrible. Greece has been badly hit by forest fires. A couple of years ago even Olympia nearly burned...So sorry for the people who lost their lives! For the rest, God and His angel helpers like you, will provide. God bless you all.

Bespoke Press said...

A beautiful idea to share some lovliness amongst the tragedy of the weekend.

Rachael said...

what a lovely thing for you to do. in times like these, the kindest people always appear....

ness lockyer said...

That is such a sweet and lovely thing for you both to do. Mic and I are going to put together a little package...it is the least we all can do.
Ness xx

A-M said...

You wonderful soul. Your treasures will be treasured... and special things will happen for you Judy as you put so much out there in good karma! My eldest son is organising a school donation program for the fires (his idea)as one of his first assignments as house captain! We just sat in tears in front of the news last night. Just such a terrible tragedy. A-M xx

Anna Spiro said...

Such an amazing gift Judy. Your pieces will be so gratefully accepted I am so sure!
xx
Anna

Debra said...

We are hearing so much about this horrible situation. You are doing good work and I know it will be much appreciated. Loosing everything- sure helps to put things in perspective, doesn't it?
Keeping all in my prayers.

Meredith said...

What a thoughtful, practical way to help those in need. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the major stores followed your generous lead in the weeks and months to come?

Keren @ The Cupcake Company said...

there are no words, only love and beautiful wishes....the grief is beyond measure.

xxx

Linda Lou said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do for your fellow countrymen! We had wild fires here in San Diego 2 out of the last 6 years, many homes destroyed! God Bless You!

Sharnel said...

Judy - that is such a fantastic gesture.
Keren and I would like to donate all proceeds from our Valentine's Day cupcake orders to the appeal too.
http://www.thecupcakecompany.blogspot.com/

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a great idea. My heart and prayers go out to these families, especially the ones who have lost loved ones. What a horrific fire, I am so sorry for all of you.
Lidy

lily-g said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, only problem is that I have rung every organization possible from the Red Cross to the salivation army, they just Don't want goods but money.I haven't given up and I plan on putting a notice in there local paper, if anyone knows of any families that I could email please let me know I really want to help. my hubby is prepared to hire a truck and drive to Melbourne with goods we have collected but I do understand they just don't know what to do with it all at this stage as most are homeless, any suggestions?

Hannah said...

Perhaps auction off the pieces, with proceeds going to the victims?

Porchlight Interiors said...

It's certainly a very honorable gesture of you and your husband Judy. I remember when we lost everything in our house fire the things I remember the most were the people who wanted to help us and give us things as it was all they could do and that's when you see the beauty in humanity! Keep up the good work! We all will. Hayley x

Anonymous said...

You are wonderful. What a beautiful kind gesture. I think the auction idea is good. Only a thought but it might also pay to wait for a little while as I have some colleagues in some of the areas and from what I can understand things are only going to get more chaotic and emotionally upsetting. Maybe you could choose a / some country towns to donate them to and when things have settled contact some of the community groups - ie: The Country Women's Association (VIC), Rotary or Girl Guides & Scouts etc as they might be able to assist with distribution. I know a lot of country folk who are to proud to ask for help - but need it.

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