January 16th 2011 4:15 am
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This is the email I got from my good friend from brisbane, in response to the letter I sent yesterday..........
wow, your mom and dad are awesome. :) it must be great helping people in need. and yes, your mom is absolutely right about people being amazing in times of tragedy and disaster. i remember how America was immediately after 9/11 as well... i was just a high schooler on the other side of the country then, but i was amazed at how the country came together. i'd never seen anything like that before.
it's very much like that here now. over the past weekend thousands of volunteers from various places in the state have come to Brisbane and helped people and businesses that they'd never met before clean and throw out things. it's very impressive and Queenslanders + Australians have taken a lot of pride in it.
if only people would be so nice and helpful all the time.
we are very lucky in that our apartment building isn't near the Brisbane River or a creek. so many people and businesses weren't so lucky, including several RSPCA shelters in the state. thankfully all of them were able to evacuate the animals into volunteer foster care before the shelters flooded... Many people & businesses don't have flood insurance at all and the RSPCA won't be receiving any flood aid from the government, unlike other organizations/companies. i'm afraid that for many people things will continue to be hard for a while to come...
me, Fae and the other human are really thankful for your thoughts and concern.
Such good news!!!!!!!!!