Carbon County Environmental Education Center needs blankets, sheets
Elvis, a resident opossum at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, snuggles up with a blanket. The center is in need of pillow cases, bed sheets and receiving blankets to help animals that are rehabilitating after an injury. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
Do you have any pillow cases, bed sheets or baby receiving blankets that you no longer need lying around?
Not sure what to do with them?
The Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill is looking for these items to help the animals that naturalists are rehabilitating.
Jeannie Carl, naturalist at the center, said that the blankets are used in the center’s small hospital for injured animals like water fowl, geese, bunnies, squirrels and opossums.
“If we have patients who could use just a little bit of cushioning to help them be a little more comfortable, blankets help,” she said. “I think it make us feel better when they have some padding so they aren’t on a hard surface. Animals for the most part need a shelter so they feel better and (a blanket) makes the situation less stressful. It is to make their stay a little more cozy.”
The Carbon County Environmental Education Center rehabs anywhere between 150 and 600 animals a year and can range anywhere from opossums and squirrels to eagles and vultures. Recently, the center released three opossums, a vulture and a swan back into the wild.
“It really depends on what’s happening in the environment,” Carl said, adding that it also depends on the public, which acts as the center’s eyes and ears for injured animals.
She also commended the public for being as supportive as they are.
“Whether it’s fish or blankets, there are people there who are willing to help us with anything we need,” she said.
Anyone wishing to donate these items to the center can do so by dropping them off at the center at 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, along Lentz Trail during business hours.
The best types of blankets are the thin sheets and receiving blankets without threads. Towels are not being accepted at this time and quilts and comforters are too bulky.
For more information on the center, visit www.carboneec.org, find it on Facebook at Carbon County Environmental Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or call 570-645-8597.