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“Towel Aid” for Oiled Birds in Gulf

June 22, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - "Towel Aid" is underway for the Gulf Coast. The laundry industry has already collected 10,000 pounds of worn-out towels and linen that will be sent to wildlife centers where birds scrubbed of the oil threatening their lives need to be dried off. The response has been nationwide, although some of it initially came from the hundreds of hotels along the Gulf Coast also threatened by the spill.

David Gross, who owns a laundry servicing hotels and motels from New Orleans to Mobile, says he and his wife got the idea while watching news footage of oiled birds being washed with Dawn dish-washing detergent.

"And then they were toweling them off, they were wrapping them up in towels and we started to think, 'My God, they're going to need a lot of towels to do this.'"

Gross points out that Towel Aid is NOT appealing to the public for their used towels at the present time, while the details of distributing the contributed linen are still being worked out. But, he says, they may be soon.

"Let me get the distribution pipeline set up, and then we will - as needed - we'll ramp up the appeal, including maybe a public one."

The International Bird Rescue Research Center says each oiled bird can take up to 45 minutes to clean, and one pelican can use as much as 300 gallons of water; hence the need for towels. But he says they need other articles, too.

"The towels as well as the sheets and pillowcases will be used directly to help the birds. The towels to dry them off; the sheets and the pillowcases will be used in the pens for bedding material."

Gross says after several weeks of contacting an array of government agencies and wildlife preservation groups, a method of identifying where towels are needed and a way of getting them there have just about been ironed out.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - FL