Louisa Claire


From Little Things Big Things Grow

This time last year a number of Aussie bloggers were in a mad flurry organising last minute gifts and funds to send to the children on Christmas Island. You can read about what happened here: Christmas Island

We spoke with the organisers on the island this year about getting involved again however, this year the facility themselves will be putting on Christmas for the families in detention. You can read more about it here: Santa Will Make It To Christmas Island

This warms my heart.

May the energy and opinion of so many Australians who want to recognise the humanity of the asylum seekers coming to our shores continue to grow and change both policy and hearts in this county.


A Message From Joan

Good Morning Louisa

Had a very enjoyable evening wrapping such beautiful presents! Thanks a million to you and all your supporters. You will make many children in Detention here very happy. We were lost for words last night when we opened the boxes and saw all the NEW presents.

Blessings to all. Joan

If you’d like to keep supporting the children in Detention you might want to take one of these buttons (thank you Kate!) and post it on your blog, website or facebook. This is a simple way to let others know what you’ve been part of and to continue to stay in touch with what we are doing. It will link to the Christmas Island page I’ve set up on this blog.

I’d like to think that this Christmas has been only the beginning.

christmas island appeal

christmas island appeal

(Asking isn’t the done thing but it’s been a week of going against the flow so, if you stumble then it would be great to stumble either this post or the Christmas Island Appeal page to continue to raise awareness).

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A Great Big Thank You!

As I write this I feel a sense of complete disbelief that in a mere 72hours a group of people who had never met before managed to pull together hundreds of gifts for hundreds of children in need.

I’ve just had the call from Joan to say the boxes are in her car. Her gratitude at what we have all done humbles me.

When I finally escaped from my house this afternoon to do some errands I was met with aggressive drivers and rude people who reminded me a lot about what Christmas is like “out there” and I couldn’t help but think “why can’t people IRL be as kind as generous as people online?” Because what we’ve done this week is the sort of thing you think could never happen.

I’m so encouraged that our little Aussie community of bloggers and friends has pulled together in this way.

And so, I want to acknowledge all of you who made this possible!

Please stand up when your name is called,

Individual Supporters

Veronica Foale, Sleepless Nights
Kim Foale, Frogpondsrock
Glowless, Where’s My Glow?
Su Chin, Mott’s Island
Leisl Rampono
Heather Lipscombe
Kirrily Whatman, ERW Design
David Lee, Nuffnang
Deb, Science @ home
Melanie Kansil,  Customer Underground
Carolyn Filmer, The Truth About Mummy
Naomi Parry
Brenda Gaddi, Mummy-time
Marita Beard, Stuff With Thing
Kate Pickle, Picklebums
Rebecca Ballingall, PND – We Do Recover
Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook
Kelly Burstow, Be A Fun Mum
Bernadette Morely
Jodie McGill
Lani Miller
Kristin Brumm, Wanderlust
Naomi Murnain
Raelene Malloy
Nikki Parkinson
Lucy Pearce
Yvette Vignando,  Happychild
Tracy Williams
Alison Unwin
Tim Pyke
SueEllen Hughes, Transforme – Total Image Consultants
Howard Raggatt
Jo Hood, mainly music
Elizabeth Browne
Linda McIver
Tony Cosentino, The WordPress Guy
Fi, Calm Blue Ocean
Norlin Mustapha, Baubles, bubbles and bags
Jonathon McManus
Anne Bright
Kathleen Crone & Michael Johnston, Broadcast Builder
Rachael Rauch
Anna Giameos
Claire Chapman
Rebecca Leask
Kathryn George
Annette Fraser
Ian McDougall
Amanda Meade
Nicole Avery, Planning With Kids
Ann Patterson, Likes to Write
Tat, Mum in search
Lisa Fox
Seana Smith, Sydney for Under 5s
Rhiannon Walker
Nicholas Best, Happily Ever After?
Clare Collett
Lori Embelton
Kristin Whitingham
Anne, Forks in the Road
Linda Jackson
Sarah Wimpress
Sandra Gleeson
Melissa C
Melissa Irving
Lisa Tait

Tiger Tribe
Fairground Child
Virgin Blue
Just Like Us
Tree Top Toy Shop
A-R-M Architects

If your name is missing from this list, or listed here incorrectly or without a corresponding link please let me know louisa@everythingisedible.com so I can make the necessary changes.


We did it!!!

Joan has the boxes.

And now, I can take a long, deep breath. Say THANK YOU LORD and pour myself a nice glass of vino.


The Boxes Are Onboard

Joan will collect them from the gate at 4.20pm local time.

That is all.


More Thank Yous…

You saw some of the items that went out yesterday and I’m sure you joined me in appreciating the generosity of those businesses.

Norlin from Just Us Kids also sent some toys from her online store. Norlin replied to my initial call on the AMB website a mere 15minutes after I first posted about the appeal.

Thank so much !

It wasn’t long before I heard from Melissa from Kleenex Mums who then sent me 450 kleenex plush puppies! WOW!

Borders also picked up our appeal on twitter and contacted me yesterday to say they had a box of items to donate. We thank you Borders for your generosity too!

Crayola also donated 6 packs of markers and the Tree Top Toy Shop donated some books.

The generosity of individuals has also been so inspiring! Many of you contacted me wanting to send toys but either couldn’t get them too me or the boxes were already full. Thank you so much! To Alice, Kristin, Sarah, Linda, Lori, Heather & Leisl – thank you for your contributions and for going out of your way to get them to me in time.

Leisl spent about 6 hours yesterday picking up toys and then driving over to Borders to get their box of goodies for us, helping me sort and pack boxes of Huggies pups and generally lending a hand. When my SIL arrived to look after the kids so I could get to the airport she asked how we knew each other and was amazed to learn that we had just met. The beauty of online community in action!!!

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