Lola Haskins attended our Green Drinks meeting this week to request that we help spread the word about a collection she’s organizing to gather supplies for cleaning up the Gulf Oil Spill. Please pass along her message:
“I’m heading a drive to collect supplies for oil cleanup. The items below
are what will be most urgently needed. Wild Iris has agreed, kindly, to be
the drop-off point.
Wild Iris is at 802 W University Ave. They’re open Monday– Saturday,
11:00am – 7:00pm. They’ll post a note on the door as to where to drop the
stuff. Marsha Drew from Levy County is coming after May 15 to pick up what
there is. If they don’t turn out to need the supplies, she says she’ll be
responsible for getting them to those who do. If a lot of things come in
after that, I’ll take care of them.
What’s needed is:
-Dawn detergent (a bottle per bird is usually required)
-Toothbrushes (new– dollar stores)
-Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves (also dollar stores)
-Kennels (small to extra large)
Below are organizations looking for help.
BP Community Support Team Hotline- 866 448-5816
Florida Audubon- www.audubonoffloridanews.org
Seabird Sanctuary (Tampa) www.seabirdsanctuary.com
Alabama Coastal Foundation- 251 990-6002 or www.joinacf.org
Mobile Bay Keeper- 251 433-4229 or www.mobilebaykeeper.org
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program- 251 431-6409
If you need emotional motivation, please read on. Every legislator will
get a copy of this anthology. I think my poem may be the only poetry; the
rest is science.
The View from Cedar Key
There are acts we shouldn’t risk,
the way we’d not send our children
across busy streets alone.
Perhaps nothing of ours would slick
the Gulf, no black goo coat
the feathers of staggering
birds, nothing clot the sand
our children love to mound.
Perhaps we’ll never wake to
brown beaches. But what if we did?
I think of Cedar Keys and
fine days kayaking
against the wind. And I remember
how it felt to land on
the farthest scrub
and know that the Gulf stretched
to Texas and Mexico but none
of its despoilation
bore our name. I ask you: what
is it worth to drive a mile
a penny cheaper?
I say not this. I say there are
places best left holy. I say
that if we cannot save
this water, there will be no other.
I say that if, when the money
is clamoring around us
we do not yield, then they will come.
And they will lie down on
our white sands and
remark to each other, shading
their eyes, how beautiful
Florida is. And we
will smile inside, knowing
how gladly we paid the price,
from Unspoiled, an anthology edited by Susan Cerulean and Janisse Ray
Thanks for listening!
Thanks for helping to clean up the Gulf! I would also like to connect with Salons and Pet Groomers to collect hair as well as thrift shops for used panty hose so we can send over hair baffles to help soak up the oil, too. I love this sustainable, non-toxic, natural solution which we can help make happen very easily! If you know a Salon owner or a Pet Groomer, please ask them to contact me so we can get a collection of hair going!
Many thanks to all,