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oil spill help

i think reading news about the gulf of mexico oil spill is frustrating and gut wrenching.

i want to do something to help, and here is one way to contribute: RiverLink is collecting supplies to clean off the animals.

Though Asheville’s RiverLink primarily works to improve the French Broad River watershed, the events surrounding the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are of special concern to the organization as well. Like many in Asheville and Western North Carolina, RiverLink staff will be unable to travel to the region to engage in the cleanup effort, but feel called to help in some way.

RiverLink has decided to offer its office at 170 Lyman Street in Asheville’s River Arts District as a dropoff and collection point for the supplies cleanup agencies in the Gulf region will need in their efforts to save the area’s manatees, turtles, fish and birds and other marine wildlife.

Specifically, RiverLink is asking citizens to bring used (but clean) towels and bedsheets, toothbrushes, paper towels, soft scrub brushes, rubber gloves, extension cords, kennels for dogs or cats, dish soap (such as blue Dawn) and Pepto Bismol for collection and donation.

Though the oil spill may be capped and contained in the near future, the cleanup effort will be ongoing. RiverLink asks the public to think of this effort on shopping trips and perhaps pick up an extra bottle of Dawn or roll of paper towels.

A map to RiverLink’s office at 170 Lyman Street can be found by entering (828) 252-8474 into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. Business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. For more information, contact RiverLink’s Volunteer Coordinator Dave Russell at (828) 252-8474, ext. 118, or (828) 545-9099.