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Wands for Wildlife!

This might seem like a Harry Potter related post from the title, but the wildlife we’re talking about doesn’t consist of hippogriffs or basilisks. And, chances are, we’re thinking about a different sort of wand entirely.


Wands for Wildlife is a movement calling for a very particular type of donation: old mascara wands. Yup, you read that right. Here’s a video from Appalachian Wildlife Refuge that sheds some more light on why in the world someone might want you to mail them your old mascara wands:

Who’d have thought something you’re supposed to toss in the garbage every few months could actually wind up helping little baby animals? I think this idea is awesome, and I’m really glad that so many people are already contributing.

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit that deals with wildlife rehabilitation in North Carolina. They care for orphaned and injured wildlife and educate people on conservation, among other things of that nature. (No pun intended.)


Since their request went viral people are hosting what is called “wandraising” parties in order to collect wands from their friends to send out to the refuge. They just ask that all wands be cleaned with soap and water before being mailed out. If this is something you’re interested in, you can print up a mail form and get the address to mail out mascara wands and donations to by clicking here!


14 thoughts on “Wands for Wildlife!

    1. Yeah, beauty bloggers would be fantastic for this. πŸ™‚ Good thinking! I was thinking about places like Ulta and Sephora too that probably have a bunch of those little disposable ones they use to do people’s makeup in the store.

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    1. Thanks! πŸ˜€ Yeah, if you do have an old one that would be cool to do! I know what you mean, I just have the one, too. I’m getting ready to switch it out anyway though, so maybe we can send our old ones in together? I’m really thinking about asking the book club ladies too if they’re interested. Maybe blend June’s meeting with a wandraising event. πŸ˜›

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    1. Yay! I’m glad to help spread the word. πŸ˜€ I’d just found out about it myself and instantly fell in love with the idea. πŸ™‚ I’m glad to see so many people have already donated to them.

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