I haven’t brought up the recent oil spill because, well, it’s devastating and out of control! I have been very upset about it, though. Especially, with reports around my county of weird smells and so on. Not to mention what a catastrophe it will be when the oil reaches our shore. I really hope it doesn’t because Clearwater Beach happens to be one of my most favorite places to be in the world! I just can’t imagine the damage that’s being done right now around the Gulf. This to me is worse than any “recession” we may be in.
My point here, is that I’ve been thinking of what kinds of things I can do. I have already boycotted BP gas stations. No joke. We were coming back from the beach a couple of weeks ago when my gas light came on (cause I keep forgetting to check it these days since I got pregnant..oops!) and I refused to let Matt stop at the closest station, a BP. Matt was worried we’d be walking home, but I honestly would rather walk home 4 miles than go to any BP station right now.
Since I am interested in helping out the cause and I know others are to, I thought I would share that agencies from the federal government to community groups are requesting volunteers to help with the impact of the Gulf oil spill. Here are some organizations to contact:
•The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is asking for volunteers and donated items as it prepares for injured birds and coastal cleanups. The sanctuary has a drop-off center at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores. Linens, kennels, towels, sheets, detergent, Pepto-Bismol and toothbrushes are needed. For information, call (727) 391-6211 or visitwww.seabirdsanctuary.com
•Save Our Seabirds Inc. needs donations of towels and sheets along with volunteers to help at its headquarters, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota. For information, call
(941) 388-3010 or visit www.saveourseabirds.org
•Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is looking for volunteers to register for cleanup efforts. Go to www.mote.org to learn how to sign up.
•To report an oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call (866) 448-5816.
•To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.