Thursday, May 6, 2010

Louisiana / Gulf Coast Oil Spill

The Gulf Coast Oil Spill: How You Can Help

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is expected to eclipse the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill of 1989 as the worst oil related disaster in U.S. history.  The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the lives of over 400 species of animals, including whale, dolphins, and sea turtles, and an estimated 34,000+ wild birds.  The financial impact on the people of the Gulf Coast is equally distressing, as the disaster is expected to have a serious impact on the fishing, tourism, and petrolatum industries that many people of the Gulf Coast rely on.  To learn more about the impact of this disaster, follow the latest developments on CNN.

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, May 4
If you live in the Gulf Coast area, you may be able to help with cleanup operations.  Visit the following web sites to learn how and where you can volunteer to help clean up the Gulf Coast.
Locals in the Gulf Coast can also help by keeping alert for contaminated shorelines and injured wildlife.  Use the following numbers to report sightings:
  • To report oiled wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401
  • To discuss oil related damage, please call 1-800-440-0858
  • To report oiled shoreline or to  request volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816. (This is the BP Community Support Team Hotline, which is being used as a hub by nonprofit organizations to coordinate volunteer inquiries. Leave a message with your contact information and your questions about how to help or information on oiled shoreline.)
Those of us who are physically out of range can still help the cleanup efforts in the Gulf Coast. The following organizations are in need of a variety of items that can be collected and shipped to those who are trying to help.
  • Nylons / Hair Donations of used nylons and pantyhose are being collected through in an effort to supply the cleanup crews with devices that absorb oil.  Organize a pantyhose drive with your friends and neighbors for an easy way to contribute to cleanup efforts.  Human and animal hairs are also used to create these devices.  Salons, Dog Groomers, and Fiber Farmers can help contribute to cleanup efforts by collecting and donating clippings and fibers for  Let your favorite salon, groomer, or fiber farm know about this program, and that you would like to see them participate.  
  • Linens, Kennels, Towels, Sheets, Dawn Detergent, Paper Towels, Bottled Water and Gator-Aid The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is the nation's largest hospital for wild birds.  The supplies listed here are needed to support their efforts.  Visit their home page for more information.
As always, financial donations are a simple, straightforward way to help.  You can make donations at the following websites:
  • Visit The National Wildlife Federation to donate funds that will be put toward cleanup efforts.  While you are there, learn how you can speak up for clean energy laws, and how you can help to spread the word through social media through Twitter and Facebook.  
  • The Greater New Orleans Foundation has set up the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to help with cleanup and environmental protection efforts. The fund also hopes to provide assistance to those affected by this crisis through grants to non-profit organizations.
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is collecting donations that are to be toward wildlife rehabilitation along the Gulf Coast.

 The Little Brother's National Guard Unit was activated a few days ago, 
and He is down around the Coast right now.

He said He's never seen anything funnier
than telling a bunch of Coon~asses that they will be "cleaning ducks"
and the GovernmentPeople's Faces when they saw their

My contribution is going in the Pantyhose department...
if You can help, please do.
If not, say a Happy Thought and send it Their way.

I love my Louisiana.
I've traveled and lived in other states and countries,
I keep coming back to my Louisiana.
The Coastal Peeps are some of the most wonderful helping pEEps on this Earth.
I spent many a summer, on our houseboat
{that The Dad had built from the barge up}
on the Bayou,
and many days on the Beach, especially over in Biloxi, Mississippi.

You All come too!


  1. KeLLy aNN, What a HUGE public service is this post. You are awesome! Brains and beauty in a woman is always so attractive. That we are both is the same down is eerily cool. I've forwarded the NASA site to everyone I know, and I've forwarded your post to my friends who might actually do something. Thanks for being such a good steward of our wonderful world.

  2. {cj ~ Thank you! I hope you are enjoying your visit. And many bright blessings to You also for helping spread the word.