As Australia burned, concerned Americans and Canadians did not just wonder how they could help.
They jumped into action.
They came from all walks of life - rich, poor, famous, young and old - with the aim to help Australia in its time of need.
Comedienne and TV talkshow queen Ellen DeGeneres launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $US5 million for the Australian Red Cross and wildlife rescue organisation WIRES.
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio announced his Earth Alliance would donate $US3 million to start a bushfire relief fund.
Former US president Barack Obama told his 111 million Twitter followers "the catastrophic fires in Australia are the latest example of the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change".
US and Canadian firefighters gave up Christmas with their families to fly to Australia and join the fight.
The San Diego Zoo is supporting researchers in the Blue Mountains where fires have ravaged the koala population.
In Norfolk, Virginia, Joani Gramm has worked day and night sewing more than 50 joey and wallaby pouches, bat wraps, dog and cat blankets and other items for Australian wildlife and pets impacted by the bushfires.
Ms Gramm is not alone.
Across the world, inspired by the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, experienced and first timers are knitting, sewing and crocheting items for injured and orphaned Australian animals.
In the Canadian province of Yukon, the Tahltan people reached out to indigenous Australian groups to offer support and plan fundraisers.
In North Carolina Daniel Saenz, a 17-year-old student at Oak Grove High School, was discussing the Australian crisis during an art class and said he felt "hopeless".
His classmate, Scout Liddell, 18, believed governments around the world were not doing enough to combat the environmental crisis and was disappointed the American media only began covering the Australian bushfires in late December.
Daniel, Scout, their art teacher Catherine Deaton and other students banded together to design t-shirts and stickers featuring their school mascot, a grizzly bear, hugging a koala to signify their support for Australia and its wildlife.
The hope was they might sell a few T-shirts and donate a small amount of money to the World Wildlife Fund - Australia.
A post on the school Facebook page and their website about the t-shirts and fundraising quickly spread and the school was inundated with orders for more than 160 shirts and 47 stickers.
"I'm completely astonished," Scout told AAP on Friday.
"The amount of people that are calling our front office repeatedly asking for shirts or to make donations is amazing.
"We never thought it would get so big."