Tri-Staters help with Australian bushfire relief


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — After weeks of devastating brushfires that turned the Australian sky orange, many of the flames have been put out leaving behind thick smoke and charred forests.

Now people from around the world, including right here in the Tri-State are lending a helping hand to animal relief efforts.

“I came in and I was super excited and I told my bosses ‘Hey, I would like to send out a mass email and have everyone in the building help out,” said Stacie Dotson.

Dotson and others are crafting for a cause, creating kangaroo pouches, bird nests and bat wraps to send overseas.

“You don’t have to craft, you can even be here and cut other things out or you can pin things for a sewer. There’s various other things you can do, you can stuff pillows,” said Dotson.

“I’m glad I came over because I linked up with some of the smaller sanctuaries and they’re the ones that are actually hitting the ground,” said Todd Veeck.

Veeck and his wife are selling t-shirts and donating all of the proceeds to animal care organizations. He even caught a flight to help care for animals in-person.

“It’s one of those things where you get them fed long enough to where the vegetation starts growing again and they can start living off the land,” said Veeck.

Both Veeck and Dotson say they’re just trying to help in whatever way they can.

“I’m new here and I wanted to be planted and this is something I’m passionate about and clearly I’m not the only one,” said Dotson.

The crafts created will be mailed January 28th and anyone who would like to drop off a creation at their own can do so at the Willard Library.

If you have a craft you’d like to donate, drop it off at the Willard Library before January 27th. To purchase a “Save the Koalas” shirt, click here.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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