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Hello everyone,

Enormous floods have swept through South East Queensland, including Ipswich, Caboolture and Brisbane during 11-13 January 2011. At least 30 people have died, and the death toll is predicted to rise. At least 60 people are still missing. Here is what you can do to help:

[info]waltzmatildah (fanfiction auctions) and [info]owemebreakfast are fundraising, to help Australians recover from those floods.

You can donate to the Queensland flood replief appeal,register to volunteer and receive the latest news and updates here: 
http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html You can donate in person, over the phone, online, or internationally.

Find out about government support for families, individuals, small businesses, and local producers here:

Learn about danger zones, road closures and re-openings here: http://highload.131940.qld.gov.au/

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If there are any Queenslanders reading this, I want you to know that our hearts go out towards you. Stay strong and safe. You will make it through this.

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Hi there everyone,

Head off to gulf_aid_now to donate and help people and animals whose lives  have been ruined by the Gulf oil spill. You can pitch in by donating money. Or, you can offer to create things like art, baked goodies, writing, etc to raise funds). Thanks so much if you do help! 

We need all the help we can get, so come on down! 

From their website: http://community.livejournal.com/gulf_aid_now/profile

[info]gulf_aid_now is a LiveJournal-driven auction geared toward providing monetary relief for those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil well failure and the continuing failure of its operating company, BP, to find a way to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf.

As of the community creation date, more than 25 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, washing up on beaches, being pushed into valuable and irreplaceable wetlands, killing wildlife--and damaging and possibly destroying the livelihood of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast.

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Hello everyone,

Below is a sample of my fanfiction, if you're interested in bidding for my writing at gulf-aid_now. Study and Home (the Wildmage fics) were written for misura, for an auction at the help_haiti lj community. I'll keep you updated! The fanfiction below is from these fandoms: Tamora Pierce's Wildmage quartet, and the Kingdom Hearts video games (by Squaresoft and Disney).

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Hello everyone,

 I am offering ficlets in exchange for donations for the lj community gulf_aid_now. gulf_aid_now is raising money from auctions to help those whose lives have been devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil well failure at the Gulf.

The winter_queen email address listed in the thread is my alternate one (my hotmail address with my actual name is only given to a few work colleagues, really close friends and family to protect my privacy).

I am also offering 10 ficlets, 2 fics (500-750 words each) or a 1000-1500 word fic in exchange for donations here:

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An earthquake of 8.8 magnitude has destroyed Chile on 27 February 2010. Over 800 people are dead. Many people are also missing. Countless people are also disabled. I can't imagine what it must be like for the people who are still alive. It must be frightening not knowing what's happened to missing loved ones. This is so terrible and heartbreaking.

You can learn more about what's happening here:


Please do what you can to help. Every bit counts. Donate here:

http://www.msf.org.au/donate.html Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders)

https://secure.salvationarmy.org/donations.nsf/donate?openform&projectid=IHQ-LatinAmerica (Salvation Army)

https://donate.savethechildren.org.au/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=347 (Save the Children)

Read this webpage to find out how you can contact relatives in Chile. You can go here to make sure they are safe:


ETA: You can help offer your fandom talents by joining the lj community help_chile at  http://community.livejournal.com/help_chile/profile
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Hi there all,

Please consider posting about/sending gifts or donations to help out the Hughes family, who are now homeless. You can read more on how you can lend a hand at the links below:


From ladycatherina's lj blog:

Update on the Hughes family, homeless mother and daughter living in their car in Campbell (South San Francisco Bay Area.) Good and very bad news - they've apparently got someone helping them look for work and trying to get them settled in Pennsylvania. But they have to come up with moving costs themselves, and are back in their car for the time being.

From Elizabeth Barone's blog site, Letters for Katy: How You Can Help.
Liz and Katy’s last day at their cottage is this coming Thursday. Liz sent me an update email saying that she still isn’t sure how much it will cost for them to move. Their priority, she said, is to get everything in storage and to have enough money for food, as they aren’t sure if they will be able to afford the move right away and will stay in their car until they can get to Pennsylvania.You can mail Visa and MasterCard gift cards to:

Elizabeth and Katy Hughes
PO Box 111525
Campbell, CA 95011

Thanks so much if you do choose to aid the Hughes in any way.

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Hello everyone,

A horrifying earthquake has killed many people in Haiti (Action Aid says there's an unconfirmed death toll of around 50,000 people). About 3 million people have had their way of life and homes destroyed by the earthquake (source: Action Aid). This is absolutely heartbreaking and terrible beyond belief. Along with the countless number of people killed, there are many who have badly injured and disabled by this disaster.

You can help donate to various charities to send much needed relief to people in Haiti. Salvation Army has an Appeal for the Haiti Earthquake (where you can donate) here:


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Learn more here:


Aussies can donate by ringing 1300 66 66 72

You can also act to save animals injured by the earthquake. Do this by contacting the WSPA on 1300 13 97 22.

I can't express enough in words how much volunteers and donations are seriously needed and appreciated. Thank you so much if you do help. Every bit helps.
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Hey there everyone,

Please read the following text in italics. It's a post by sabakunotenshi at the lj community advocates. She urgently needs financial help, as she's facing eviction. The post contains info on Digital Charity, a site where financially disadvantaged people can post about their financial troubles and ask for financial assistance. Even if you can't donate, please repost this so that someone else can help. Thank you.

Post from sabakunotenshi: So I feel a little selfish posting here when mostly the community is run by people doing the giving instead of the asking, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Digital Charity is a place where people in need of help can post up a short description of their troubles and ask for some financial assistance via paypal. Today I'm one of those people. I'm facing a fast coming eviction. Any help would be appreciated.


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Hi all,

stamps4charity is a new webpage listing charities in the UK which collect used postage stamps to raise money for charity. Charities find used stamps a great way for raising extra income, and you are helping save the environment by not throwing them into bins. Here is the link to their website:community.livejournal.com/stamps4charity/

The people listed at the stamps4charity user info page  collect used stamps for charities, and please send your used stamps to any of them, so they will be received. If you collect stamps for charity, then please email bardic_dreams@yahoo.co.uk to be included on this list.

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If you are a homeless person, you can get a job as a vendor or a writer, as well as life skills training or legal support from the magazine The Big Issue. The Big Issue's Australian site is at http://www.bigissue.org.au/ Its other site is at:

The following in italics is from the Australian Big Issue website:

The Big Issue Australia is an organisation that helps people to get back on their feet – particularly people who are experiencing homelessness and long-term unemployment.

The Magazine
The key project is a current affairs and entertainment magazine, The Big Issue. It is sold on the streets by vendors who keep half the $5 cover price.

Have a look inside our magazine

In the past three years, magazine sales have increased by 55%. Since 1996, vendors have sold more than 4.4 million magazines. Australia-wide magazine sales exceed 29,000 per fortnight.

Readership has increased by 60% over the last three years, making The Big Issue one of the fastest-growing magazines in Australia with more than 172,000 readers per edition. (Roy Morgan Research, November 2007)

Now in our 12th year, The Big Issue Australia has produced more than 300 editions of the magazine.

As a not-for-profit organisation we’re working towards becoming self-sufficient by increasing sales and advertising revenue.

Programs and services
Around 3000 homeless and marginalised people across Australia have been recruited, trained and supported by The Big Issue over the past 12 years. Vendors also receive life skills training and legal support if necessary.

The Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) operates with vendors in Melbourne providing free legal advice and advocacy.

Read more about PILCH and other organisations who work with and alongside The Big Issue.

The Street Socceroos
We have a dedicated team around Australia involved with running Street Soccer Programs. This program gives homeless and marginalised people a physical and psychological boost through regular sports participation. Our players are called the Street Socceroos.
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The Hunger Site provides an simple way to help improve awareness and prevent hunger deaths every day — through easy online activities.

With a daily click of the yellow "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Hunger Site, you can help provide food to people in need. You pay nothing, as it's for free. Food is paid for by the site's sponsors and distributed by Mercy Corps worldwide and by America's Second Harvest to food banks throughout the United States.

Please remember to click every day to give help and hope to those most in need.

You can also help more by shopping in The Hunger Site store. With each item purchased, shoppers create funds for hungry people around the world. The store offers a wide variety of items to show your support as well as fair-traded and handcrafted items from around the world that help communities escape the poverty and hunger cycle.

At the Hunger Site, you can also click on other websites to help good causes for free (such as breast cancer, child health, literacy, the environment and rescuing animals).

Here is a link to The Hunger site:

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I got this information from heartsandhands1's post about Hearts and Hands International's blog-a-thon at the livejournal community "advocates":

Hearts and Hands International is a non-profit charity which helps out at-risk children around the world. Its volunteers provide food, housing, medicine, clothing and adoption to orphaned children around the world.

Here is the URL of the Hearts and Hands website:


If you have the time to help out, Hearts and Heads would really appreciate it if you could post a short blog with a link back in order to help spread the word. Please blog about it too, if you can.


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