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A wildlife charity is using old bras to help save injured turtles

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has been overwhelmed with donations since posting about it on social media.

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A wildlife charity has had an “overwhelming” response after asking for donations of old bras to help save turtles.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR) posted on Facebook last week about the trick it employs which involves using the clasps from discarded bras to help repair the shells of injured turtles.

Posted by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue on Saturday, June 29, 2019

The clasps are used, after gluing a cracked shell back together, to hold it in place along with some wire to help with the healing process.

And the charity, based in Indian Trail, North Carolina, has been inundated with people keen to donate.

“The bras are starting to pour in,” Keenan Freitas of CWR told Today, adding: “We’ve gotten an insane response.”

The charity can deal with dozens of injured turtles a week at this time of year, most of which have been hit by cars.

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Hey Everyone!! We are just overwhelmed with people offering to mail us clasps etc. I think we have easily responded to thousands of people today and we just can't keep up with the volume coming in. We have so many other things we really need to help with the turtles. so if I can ask a huge favor. Please just donate the money you planned to spend on shipping. If everyone did this the turtles would never want for anything again. We help so many animals here and our donations have been really down lately. Here is a link for a $3 donation Paypal.me/waterfowlrescue/3 Or a $5 donation Paypal.me/waterfowlrescue/5 Since people are willing to spend this amount on postage it would make more sense to just let us buy food and medications that they need and pay the power bill to keep their turtle room cozy. If you would like to shop for the turtles instead here is a link to our wish list of items that we still need to help with the turtles http://a.co/9xKpSS3 Don’t forget to use Amazon smile when you shop and choose Carolina Waterfowl Smile.amazon.com Thank You for your support!

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And while they are pleased to accept the donations of bra clasps, they were keen to point out that many other supplies are needed to help in their operation – while the most useful thing people can donate is money.

In a Facebook post, the charity wrote: “We are grateful for the publicity because our turtle programme hasn’t really ever had any donations. If nothing else its bringing people to learn about our work and that’s what matters.

“The most needed item is donations so that we can buy the medications and food for the turtles.”

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