We are on day 63 of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. According to MSNBC, the BP oil spill costs hit $2 billion, in which they have paid out $105 million in damages to those that have been affected by this disaster.
The Gulf, home to thousands of species, marine life and sea plants, have taken a hard blow that, sadly, may take years to recover.
BP’s inability to get things under control has become a frustrating situation to everyone. Many have taken matters into their own hands.
Here are some ways you can help:
1. You can donate money to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and help feed families affected by the spill.
2. With the National Wildlife Federation, you have a few options. Check out their website for further details.
- Take Action
- Raise Awareness
- Help Wildlife in Your Own Backyard
- Share Photos From the Gulf
3. Report injured wildlife and oiled beaches:
- To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401. Messages will be checked hourly.
- To report oiled shoreline, call 1-866-448-5816.
- To report spill-related damage, call 1-800-440-0858.
- To file a claim, call BP’s helpline at 1-800-440-0858.
4. Matter of Trust is accepting donations and looking for volunteers. They are also collecting hair, fur, fleece, feathers and nylon, as these items absorb oil.
5. Both the National Audubon Society and Manomet are also accepting donations to aid and protect those birds that have already felt the effects of the spill.