Baked Relief is a movement started by Danielle Crismani aka Digella after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Separated from her boys who were with her mum (whose property was affected by flooding) and needing to do something, she came up with the idea to start baking some relief for the State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane.
She put the word out about what she was doing on her blog http://digella.blogspot.com and on Twitter and Facebook and offers of help and baking came rushing in. It has just grown beyond imagining since then and Baked Relief is now in the hands of hundreds of home cooks and bakers and is reaching people who are recovering from the floods, cyclones and drought and all of those thousands of volunteers helping them.
The Lockyer Valley & FNQ New Beginnings, Cookbook Drives, Love to the West, Christmas in July projects are just a few of the initiatives being worked on as a way to continue to support Queensland families affected by the natural disasters.
Baked Relief has evolved from the first plate of food Danielle brought to her local SES and is continuing to grow and progress through phases that will support for those in need.
Throughout this whole process the imporance of providing support directly to families affected by using local businesses has been key in rebuilding these towns.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Did you know that all the Chief Baked Relief Advisors have full time jobs, run households, split their time between different cities and / or personal struggles beyond most people. Between us we have 10 children (not including the husbands!)
We met during the floods of 2011 and work as hard as we can volunteering our time to things we believe in. We are not a business or charity and no one gets paid.
We work hard to 'make it happen'. So if something gets missed or forgotten please don't be disheartened, just know we are all working towards the common goal of brightening the lives of those who need it, sometimes even if it is each other.
For more information about Danielle and what she has been doing please visit her blog. http://digella.blogspot.com/
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