I love animals and the thought of them suffering in the mucky waters created by the oil spill is almost too much for this delicate flower to bear.
Fortunately, Craft Hope has sprung in to action and gives us crafty folks with a soft spot for critters a way to help.
"For Project 8 we will be partnering with The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, theAudubon Nature Institute, and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge to assist them in their efforts in caring for and cleaning oiled marine mammals, mostly dolphins, other marine mammals, birds, and sea turtles."
"This is a photo of the oil covered turtles when The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies rescues them. So heartbreaking. Underneath the turtles are the towels used to transport the turtles and you can see they are incredibly dirty. Do not worry about the appearances of your towels and rags. They do not have to be pretty, they are saving the lives of dolphins and turtles and appearances do not matter."
If you visit the Craft Hope website you will find instructions for sending handmade washcloths and hand towels (preferably cotton). Handmade can be as simple as cotton sheeting cut in to 10 x 10 squares. I have a bunch of cotton t-shirts in my upcycling pile that I plan to cut up and send in addition to whatever else I can craft up in the near future. Please visit the Craft Hope website to learn more about this wonderful project.