A call for mittens for bushfire koalas

I couldn't help but share this story because 1) Who doesn't love koalas? and 2) Who doesn't want to help a koala in need? This week an Australian wildlife organisation, called the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has put out a call for homemade mittens for koalas whose paws have been burned in the bushfires in South Australia.

Did anyone else's heart just melt? 

Here's  what they need:

Koalas urgently need your help. We may see more koalas coming into the care of wildlife groups for treatment of burns. We urgently need mittens made from 100% cotton sheets or tea towels to protect injured paws. Please cut out our pattern and get your friends to get sewing too. Send your mittens to IFAW at 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 and we will distribute them where they are most needed – to vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers.

Here's how you can help:

Sew some mittens! Lots of them! And then pop them into the mail to Australia.

The mittens are very easy to sew as their main purpose is to cover the koala's bandaged paws. They need to be made from 100% cotton fabric, so using old bed sheets, tea towels and even t-shirts is recommended. Click here for a printable PDF of the pattern.

Where should you send them?

IFAW

6 Belmore Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Australia

So it looks like my weekend is sorted. Don't worry koalas, your mittens are coming!