By JADE BILOWOL
AFTER volunteering her time to orphanages in Thailand, Vietnam and Jamaica, Jayne Ellis says images of traumatised orphans in the wake of the Asian tsunami hit her harder than most.
"Orphans are my life," the 28-year-old cook and waitress admitted.
"I worked in the orphanages and refugee camps in Jamaica for two months, Vietnam for a year and then for three months in the Chiangmai area of Thailand and the people were lovely."
With the help of her fellow employees at the Magic Apple Restaurant at North Burleigh, Ms Ellis has started an appeal collecting donations of cash, clothing and other items much-needed by tsunami survivors on behalf of the Red Cross and Care Australia.
"Heaps of customers have been making donations to Red Cross and Care Australia and Red Cross will be picking up all the items people are donating to the baskets here at the restaurant," she said.
She asked people to be aware of the hot temperatures in the areas devastated by the tsunami by donating summer clothes, not jumpers or other winter items.
"Every last shirt you donate helps ? I say to people 'a shirt will end up on the back of someone else who really needs it'," Ms Ellis said.
"We also need tarps and tents because we haven't received any of those and these people need them because they haven't got any homes."
She urged people to look at the restaurant's noticeboard to keep up to date with local events staged to assist the plight of tsunami victims.
"It has really affected everyone," Ms Ellis said.
"A lot of people feel that they want to do something but don't know what to do.
"But every little donation and action counts."