I don't give to charities normally. I don't give to beggars either. Maybe it is my Scottish blood, maybe I am just mean, but I don't like supporting charities doing the basic work that our governments should, funded by our taxes.
The last time I gave money was for the Tsunami Appeal. I made sure it did not go to a religious organisation, but still, much of the donated money eventually seemed to disappear into administrative costs.
I will make an exception again and donate generously to the appeal for bush fire victims. R has already agreed to match mine and I just discovered my workplace will match all donations by anyone who donates via them. Sorry, no names. Gee up your employer to do the same.
While there will be some well off people on the receiving end, or at least some of the money will be poorly distributed, it has struck me that the majority are not rich people, in fact many of them are clearly your pretty basic working class or social security recipients who have tried for an inexpensive life in the country.
I vividly recall 1983 fires and I never really expected to experience anything like that again, let alone worse. Before that, I think my father drove us through serious grass fires. As a kid on a farm with a fire approaching, we had our wetted down hessian sacks and ready to get into the dam water.
I just cannot imagine the situation some people found themselves in. The dead are dead and past help. Help those who lost and are feeling very lost.