PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) - A local farm thousands of miles away from the Gulf Coast oilspill is doing its part to help contain the devastatingdisaster.
Once the owners of
The Alpaca herd at
Ann Fiore and her husband Kevin own the farm where Alpacas arebred and their fiber harvested. They received an email about howAlpaca fiber can help clean-up the oil in the Gulf.
"The minute we saw the email it was compelling that we knew wehad to participate," said Ann Fiore.
Within 30 minutes they were committed to donating a good portionof their Alpaca fiber.
"I know we have over a thousand pounds."
The Alpacas were all sheared last week and now Ann and Kevin arewaiting to ship the fiber to the Gulf. The ultra soft fiber wouldnormally be used to make a sweater or a pair of socks. But, thisyear most of it will be used to absorb oil.
"So often there's these incredible situations that occur and youfeel helpless. You can't participate and the minute something comesin, and we feel useful. We felt like we could make a difference. Itwas a no-brainer."
Ann said it's very rewarding to have the feeling of making adifference and wants anyone when faced with this or any situationto do the same.
"We all comprise and make up this world we live in, and we needto just continue to improve it, and make it a better place."
One thing that they did not think about was shipping. They'rehoping a local company will at least defray the cost of shipping tothe Gulf Coast states.
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