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January 8, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Volunteers from Melbourne have joined Aliya Youth Space, Chaverim and Chabad of RARA to deliver meals to evacuation centres and Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen has been preparing food for those affected by the fires in stricken NSW areas.

Members of RARA have delivered food to evacuation centres

Australia is battling the worst bush fires in its known history, with nearly 2000 homes destroyed, at least 24 people killed and almost a half a billion animals lost.

With the generous donations of the local Melbourne Jewish Community,  the Melbourne group prepared and delivered food packages to show up for those affected by the devastating bush fires around Victoria and NSW.

The meals were delivered to the evacuation shelters where those who lost their homes and belongings, are being housed temporarily. They were welcomed and much appreciated by the volunteers and emergency services.

Chabad of RARA [Regional and Rural Australia] report: “This comes amid a fundraising drive for those affected by the fires. Over $10,000 has already been distributed directly to individuals who lost their homes, businesses or needed help evacuating. Others needed urgent medications and supplies.

Preparing the meals

Volunteers called on hundreds of people known to RARA in fire-affected areas.

As Mary from Mallacoota put it: “Thank you so much for your call. I’m deeply touched by this connection from you and CHABAD. I had a little “good, feeling so cared for” little cry after we spoke.”
Chabad of RARA has also launched a Mitzvah campaign with the hope that many people will do an extra mitzvah to effect positive change in the current ongoing fire situation. You can add your own mitzvah at charidy.com/bushfire mitzvah.
For those wanting to donate to the Jewish Bushfire Emergency Relief find, please use attached link https://chai.org.au/causes/emergency-bushfire-fire-campaign/

 

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