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Donate supplies to help out with oil spill

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ADEL, GA (WALB) –On Saturday, volunteers will pick up supplies donated to help rescue animals that could be caught up in that oil spill.

All week, south Georgians have dropped off supplies at Harveys Supermarkets.

A team of south Georgia animal experts is still waiting for a call to go to the coast to help.

Some of Adel's littlest shoppers are donating supplies to help out with the oil spill in the gulf.

Saturday morning, the items dropped off at Harvey's Supermarkets across our region will be taken to the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Adel.

"We're going to unload trucks separate all the items," said Chet Powell. "We're gonna inventory it down to ounce sizes of dawn dishwashing liquid."

The items will be stored until the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association gets a call to go.

Powell says the group will take all the donated supplies with them to possibly Florida or Alabama but before they leave they'll have to take haz mat training.

"A lot of people who have good intentions, they want to go down there, they're not trained they don't have anything with them and we're taking everything we need with us including veterinary supplies," said Powell.

He says three out of five sea turtle species in the gulf are endangered or threatened.

"We got an update that there were sea turtles about 30 to 50 of them swimming in or near the oil area," said Powell.

He hopes they'll be able to rescue these animals and says they've got experienced people from the Flint River Aquarium who've worked with birds and others like himself, who've worked with reptiles and mammals.

"If anyone has training with wildlife and rehab type of work, that's the kind of people we're looking for,"said Powell.

Most importantly, he wants people to keep donating supplies at Harveys over the next month so they'll be able to help save gulf wildlife for however long the crisis lasts.

Volunteers will drop off supplies from the grocery stores tomorrow at the Exchange Club in Adel off West Mitchell Avenue at 10 a.m.

If you want to donate, you can also drop off supplies there.


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