Gulf Oil Cleanup: How You Can Help

You’ve seen the haunting pictures of oil covered birds and heard the tales of damage to fragile wetlands. Now you can help with the cleanup of the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with out leaving the northern suburbs.

The Northfield-based North Shore Senior Center is collecting specific materials from that are needed by a not-for-profit Louisiana estuary preservation program to clean wildlife and to protect the crucial shore where ocean inhabitants breed.

Here is a partial list of supplies being collected for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary program (a 501c3 not-for-profit):

  • Clorox® wipes
  • Plastic measuring tape (used for sewing)
  • Duct Tape®
  • Yellow kitchen cleaning gloves
  • Bug spray
  • Aveeno® face sunscreen
  • Gallon and quart double zipper seal plastic bags (Not slide closures)
  • Baby wipes
  • Rope
  • Gauze pads
  • Electrical tape
  • Soft Soap® hand soap
  • Bungee cords

The organization said they prefer the products and not monetary contributions because the supplies are difficult to purchase in Gulf states where clean-up and protection efforts are causing shortages.

Bring contributions to the North Shore Senior Center at 161 Northfield Road, Northfield. The center will arrange for shipment to Louisiana. The center’s phone number is 847-446-8762.