May 14, 2010

Save the Sea Turtles

Starting at about twelve years old, I’ve been obsessed with all things turtle. Land or Sea, I’m not too picky. My old AOL screen name was TurtleAli. Need visual proof? Check out these turtle items around Hubs & my apartment.

“Turtle Card” is the card I gave Hubs for our first dating anniversary. Do you know how hard it is to find anniversary cards for someone you’re not married to?
”Teddy” was a Christmas present from Hubs a few years ago.
”VCR Turtle” is a wooden turtle that sits on our TV stand, next to the speakers. He used to sit on our VCR, hence the name “VCR Turtle”.
”Turtle Ring Holder” is a Sea Turtle ring holder my Bestie, Felicia gave me to hold my wedding rings.
And last, but not least, “Larry” is a hand blown Sea Turtle I purchase from the winery where Hubs and I were married.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you may have figured out where this is going… the recent oil spill. I don’t get political or preachy here often, so please bear with me because I’m sad. I’m sad for the Sea Turtles and other helpless sea creatures affected by this spill.

Last Friday, I mentioned Hubs wanted to save the sea turtles affected by the oil spill. He has been all over the internet the last week and a half search for things we can do from all the way over here in CA. We’d like nothing more than to fly over there and help out in person, but unfortunately that isn’t in the cards.

Through his search we found this video below about The Turtle Hospital in Florida.

According to their website

The Turtle Hospital was opened in 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to the wild, 2) educate the public through outreach programs to local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research which aids the sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation which makes the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
Hubs and I were really moved by all the work this Hospital does to save turtles, not just those affected by the oil spill, and we decided to donate money.

However, we know not everyone can donate money. Most people already have charities and causes they give to. Don’t worry there is something you can do that doesn’t involve money or more than five minutes of your time. On the Sea Turtle Restoration Project website they have pre-typed, form emails you can send to different organizations or the President, showing your support and encouraging them take action to protect sea turtles. I have to give them props, because this is honestly the easiest form email ever. All you have to do is fill in your information, click a button, and they do the rest.

Thank you for taking the time reading about a cause close to Hubs and my heart :)


honey my heart said...

oh my, i love turtles and collect turtle figures too! that turtle ring holder is too cute. i'm going to look into the sea turtle hospital. thanks for sharing :)

Amy Carter said...

I used to be obsessed with turtles when I was a young teenager... I remember my first AIM name was turtlgirl or something... I will definitely send some letters!!

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