Westy Self Storage, a self storage company with 16 locations throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, announced today that it has started a drive to collect materials to be used to clean up birds and animals affected by the BP oil spill cleanup. Donations can be dropped off at any of Westy’s locations. For the oil cleanup project, Westy is collaborating with another organization, the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA). Westy will store each donation temporarily and then consolidate all the donations at its Stamford, Connecticut location. Then the NJWMA will transport the donations south.
In Florida, the NJWMA will deliver the oil cleanup materials to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, which will distribute the donations to affected areas along the Gulf Coast. The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is the largest wild bird hospital and bird sanctuary in the United States, and is keeping a team of avian care staff on standby to help Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research. Suncoast Seabird currently has 700 volunteers on call, many of whom have experience helping birds that were injured in the 1993 Tampa Bay oil spill. When there is an animal in need of care, volunteers go to the site where the animal is located and administer first aid. Then they move the animal to a hazardous materials cleaning site where oil can be removed from an animal’s feathers or fur.
If you live in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut, and would like to donate materials to Westy’s drive, please bring in the following: portable animal kennels, towels, gas gift cards, paper towels, and bottled water. You can also make monetary donations directly to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary through the organization’s website.
If you live in Florida and would like to report birds or other wildlife that have been injured by the Gulf oil spill, please call the Wildlife reporting hotline, 1-866-557-1401.