2016-01-20 / World News

Two Jews travel 435 miles to aid fire victims

Two Jewish men from Perth used Facebook to help the victims of fires that destroyed a western Australian town and claimed two lives.

Shmoo Burnie, 34, and Daniel Gerson, 35, took to social media to generate support for the victims of the massive bush fires, which have destroyed over 130 homes in Yarloop, in Australia’s Southwest. They drove some 435 miles in one day to deliver the donated goods.

“This story is not about us,” Burnie told JTA, adding “it’s about the wonderful response we got from the Facebook post…from our friends and those they shared the call for help with.”

The men needed two large pickup trucks and a cage trailer to get the relief items to a collection point near the fire zone. The passenger seats in their vehicles also were jammed with goods.

The one-day round trip took Burnie, a mortgage broker, and Gerson, a financial planner, nearly 13 hours—a detour around the fire area added about 3 1/2 hours.

“We were just a couple of people wondering what we could do to help and figured we could ask people for things which could help those in trouble, grab a couple of [vehicles]…and drive the donations down,” Burnie said. (JTA)

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