A few weeks ago, I heard about Craft Hope's newest labor of love: Project 8: Gulf Coast Oil Spill. I saw the post shortly after I saw the oil-soaked animals for the first time and I went from utterly depressed to totally inspired.
This project is easy, quick, totally do-able and benefits the following organizations: The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, The Audobon Nature Institute and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.
Here are the basic details of the project: they are collecting towels and Dawn dishwashing liquid (yes, it is ironic). The towels do not need to be fancy at all since they are just sopping up the oil stuck on the poor animals. Towels are preferably handmade since it is "Craft Hope" but you can sew (simply cut and hem), knit or crochet. They would like the towels in sets of 10 or 20. They need cotton or terry cloth ONLY in washrag size (10x10) or hand towel size (14x27). A wonderful way to be green about your contribution is to cut down old towels, old sheets or even old plain t-shirts.
The response has been so enthusiastic that they extended the deadline from early July to the end of August! I'm one of the 518 people who have signed up to send towels so far. I'm collecting towels from friends and family and shipping them all together. Comment on this post if you want to sign up.
I love this inspiring quote on the Craft Hope site:
"If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work."
I think this post on the 100th anniversary of Cousteau's birth is also worth your time. You can find Craft Hope on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.