As you involved with many creative people, I thought I'd tell you what
my reading group (made up of artists and potters) is doing.
We are going to compile handmade goods which will travel well (so no
glass, pottery, etc) and send them up to a small town in the Lockyer
Valley towards the end of the year when they are facing their first
Christmas in drastically changed circumstances. It's no good sending
anything too early when there is so much cleaning up and rebuilding to
We did something similar with Marysville after the Victorian fires. Last
Christmas we decided to make for carers through a local branch of
Barnardos. We could really go to town as we could deliver the goods
ourselves so we had all kinds of art, textiles, pottery, mosaics,
journals, biscuits and little Christmas cakes. We find it is much
appreciated by the recipients and very satisfying for us.
The Pea Soup blog link below, with the quote from Liz Tilley, a bushfire
survivor, really inspired us to start. There is also a link to Handmade
I really enjoy reading your blog.