We all know mascara wands pump up lackluster lashes, but this makeup bag-must now has a new, unexpected role. Appalachian Wildlife Refuge — a nonprofit that coordinates the needs of wildlife rehabilitation in Western North Carolina — is collecting old mascara wands to help save animals in need. On Friday night, Savannah Trantham, co-founder of Appalachian Wildlife, took to Facebook to explain that a wand is a great tool for removing fly eggs and larvae from the fur of animals.
“Did you know something as simple as an old mascara wand can help wildlife?! We use mascara brushes to help remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals. They work great because the bristles are so close together,” she wrote on Facebook.
Unsurprisingly, beauty junkies and animal-lovers everywhere have responded with enthusiasm. Her post has since received over 35,000 shares and 7,000 likes. “We are stunned at the outpouring of support,” co-founder Kimberly Brewster, who coordinates outreach efforts, said in a press release. “I was brought to tears by the messages thanking us for saving wild animals.”
If you’ve got a few old mascara wands hanging around, Trantham is advising women to clean their old makeup wands with soap and water, and mail them to:
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 121
Skyland, NC 28776
If the man in your life wants to get involved too but doesn’t own mascara (understandable), it’s not a problem. The organization has an entire Amazon wish list of products that are needed at its new triage facility Western North Carolina.