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How major retailers are helping bushfire-affected Australians

Posted: 10 January 2020 12:04 pm

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With the Australian bushfire crisis still ongoing, many major businesses are digging deep to help out.

Australia is currently in the midst of an unprecedented bushfire disaster that has seen wildlife decimated and thousands of people displaced. In a show of support for those affected, everyone from celebrities to major businesses are now doing their part to raise much-needed funds and awareness.

One such company is Amazon Australia, which is pledging $1 million to support national efforts to provide relief for impacted communities. The cash donation will go to relief agencies such as the Australian Red Cross, the Salvation Army Australia and WIRES, as well as to Rural and Country Fire Services around Australia.

In addition, Amazon is also giving customers a way to help by setting up a wish list of items requested by BlazeAid. By visiting the BlazeAid Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief page on the Amazon Australia site, you can see a full list of products that are still needed.

Next to the items, you can view how many of each is required by BlazeAid, as well as how high of a priority a particular item is. From there, you can simply add as many products to cart as you wish to provide and select the wish list address at the checkout. Amazon Australia will then deliver these items to BlazeAid's nominated destination.

Amazon Blazeaid

Australian supermarket Coles is also doing its part, announcing that for every dollar that was raised through its donation tins between 15 November to 7 January, it will be contributing $2.

This will turn the $522,010 raised by Aussie shoppers into a donation of over $1.5 million for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Coles will also continue to raise funds for Red Cross, with Coles Express, Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars now joining forces with the supermarket to accept donations.

On Thursday 9 January over 30 retailers including THE ICONIC, eBay and General Pants also donated funds from sales made on the day to the Red Cross Bushfire Disaster and Recovery Relief initiative.

If you would like to show support for those impacted by the fires, you can see our guide on how to donate and help or check out a list of local businesses currently in need of financial support.

Ways you can help during the Australian bushfires

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