Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary is on a mission. The local shelter is asking people to provide knitted, crocheted and sewn items that can be used in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in Australia. The country has been ravaged by wildfires in recent weeks. 

Founder Andy Parent says Big Sky is accepting handmade items, including joey pouches, hanging pouches and bat wraps. The first shipment will be sent to Australia on January 18. 

Parent noted Big Sky wants to help in any way it can. He explained when it comes to the welfare of animals, there are no borders. 

Parent says the pouches are used for koalas and kangaroos, to provide comfort while the animals recover. 

Donations can be dropped off at Big Sky Ranch, which is located at 810 Pelton Road, just outside of Heckston. A list of most needed items, along with instructions and patterns, can be found on the Big Sky Ranch Facebook page.