Georgians fill donations bins with Dawn

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  People across the country and here in south Georgia are doing their part to help with relief efforts along the gulf.

After we told you Harvey's Supermarkets were collecting supplies, donations have poured in to help with animal rescues and rehabilitations.

Something as simple as a bottle of DAWN dish detergent can make a big difference in the clean up efforts.

And customers of Harvey's and WALB viewers are doing their part to help those who can't fend for themselves.

Lorraine Vilaseco has seen the images of the devastation the oil spill is already having along the Gulf of Mexico. "I've seen the commercials with those poor animals and they're just struggling to survive," she said.

Unable to protect themselves from the slick oil that's covering their bodies. "It's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking. The people can get help from some of these agencies, but these poor animals can't."

And that's why she decided to donate what she could to help rescue them. "It makes your heart feel good. You feel like you've donated something that is desperately needed right now. They can't fend for themselves and we've got to help them."

Bobbie Lowe saw that donations were being accepted at Harvey's and decided she too would help. "I brought Dawn and Pepto Bismol for the animals and the oil spill to help clean them," she said.

And with the supplies donated, Chet Powell and his team of volunteers will help clean the animals, in the hope that some of them will survive.

"This is beyond the scope of anything I could ever imagine." Amanda Barber works at the Flint Riverquarium and is a Certified Wildlife rehabilitator. While she has experience in cleaning birds covered with oil, she knows she is in for a major challenge.

"Just washing one bird is a feat in itself, so to get in hundreds, thousands of animals and having to wash them, I can't even imagine. It's going to be very stressful."

But because of donations from people across South Georgia, the job may just be a little bit easier.

You can donate your items to any Harvey's location across South Georgia. The top requests are for regular Dawn dishwashing soap, rags and water.

Chet Powell's team must get specialized hazardous materials training before they leave. They hope to do that at Moultrie Technical College.

Once the oil hits the Florida Panhandle, they hope to leave to help in relief efforts.

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