Many of you have mentioned the Australian wildfires in recent weeks, to us and to each other, and with good reason. This is an unprecedented disaster on an unimaginable scale. And for some of us (including me), it's personal. In this case, with the emergency ongoing, if you would like to support the efforts of the people fighting the fires and the people living through them, it would be most effective to donate your money directly, rather than going through us. If you would like to make a donation, here are some links to organizations providing direct assistance. - In New South Wales, many of the fires are being fought by local rural fire brigades. You can support them through here: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade - In Victoria, volunteer firefighters are organized into the Country Fire Authority, or CFA. You can support them here: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa - GIVIT (Goods for Good Causes) is helping with obtaining items for people affected by the fires in New South Wales and Queensland. You can support them here: http://www.givit.org.au/donate-funds - The Australia Red Cross emergency fundraiser is here: https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-bushfires - If you want to help with wildlife assistance (this includes helping koalas and kangaroos!), you can go here: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund If you are in Australia, affected by the wildfires, and need assistance, please check these links for helpful information. For New South Wales - Evacuation Centers, Disaster Welfare Assistance Points: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pa.../disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx For Victoria - Preparing for fires: https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/#fire/preparing-for-fires - Live map of current fires: https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ For all recovering from being affected by wildfires - Australian Government Department of Human Services: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/help-emergency/bushfires Whatever you choose to do, please be good to each other.