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Fiber being donated for oil spill

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sister Maureen Freeman shows the alpaca fiber that is being donated to help control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
WEST TERRE HAUTE -- White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, is contributing to a fiber recycling effort to help control the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond by donating alpaca fiber to Matter of Trust, a hair for oil spills program.

About 40 pounds of seconds and thirds from 2009 and 2010 White Violet Farm Alpacas annual alpaca sheerings will be mailed to a warehouse in Florida this week.

"We want to do whatever we can to help the eco-system down there,' Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ, director of White Violet Center, said. "This is a step we can take to help stop the oil from ruining precious marshland and destroying native species."

The Sisters of Providence began caring for the breeding alpacas 12 years ago. They have about 60 alpacas in their herd and use the fiber for creating garments and art projects, as well as making it available for sale.

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