A nonprofit group called Matter of Trust is doing some amazing things to help with the Gulf Coast oil clean-up.
Volunteers are collecting human and animal hair and making it into handmade "booms." These are sausage-like barriers that are remarkably effective oil-absorbers.
So far, beauty salons, barber shops and animal groomers have donated tons of hair. Also needed are items that many of us have at home, such as used pantyhose ("sausage casing" for the booms), and zip ties for sandbags.
Here's how you can help:
They need volunteers in Tampa, Florida to help make the booms.
You can find the information here at Matter of Trust.
They also need used nylons, or tights, and zip ties for sandbags.
They are also in need of funds.
You can donate here.
Find out all the ways there are to help by visiting Matter of Trust online.
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