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Ocean Springs students help wildlife relief efforts

l-r: Amber Welch, Cady Cooper & Alyssa Baacke. The Ocean Springs Middle School students show off their donation box which they placed at the OS YMCA on Government St. to collect items to help in wildlife relief efforts. (Photo source: Cheryl Cooper) l-r: Amber Welch, Cady Cooper & Alyssa Baacke. The Ocean Springs Middle School students show off their donation box which they placed at the OS YMCA on Government St. to collect items to help in wildlife relief efforts. (Photo source: Cheryl Cooper)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - When the news of the oil spill and its effects on the local environment and wildlife left many wondering what to do, three Ocean Springs Middle School students put into action an idea that could help.

Amber Welch, Cady Cooper and Alyssa Baacke have created a donations box to benefit both The Institute for Marine Mammals and The Wildlife Center. The box has been placed at the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, 1810 Government Street, Ocean Springs.

The items being collected are:

  • Dawn soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach
  • Old Towels/Rags
  • 5-Gallon Buckets
  • Sheets
  • Pet Carriers
  • Heating Pads
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Heavy-Duty Garbage Bags

Anyone interested in donating items is welcome to drop them off at the donations box during regular operating hours. The box is decorated with artwork created by the three girls and which depicts their favorite Gulf scenes.

"We're looking for anything that can be used to clean up wildlife affected by the oil spill," said Cady Cooper.

"We were worried about the oil spill effecting the environment and the wildlife and we wanted to do something about it," added Amber Welch.

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