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Donations pour in for WNC wildlife nonprofit

A local wildlife nonprofit whose Facebook post about how used mascara brushes can be useful went viral has been bombarded with makeup accessories. The Wands for Wildlife campaign has been reported by the likes of Southern Living and Yahoo, which lead to thousands more shares. So, the influx of donations is likely to continue for a while. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local wildlife nonprofit has been bombarded with mascara brushes after its Facebook post about how the makeup accessories can be useful went viral.

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Appalachian Wildlife Refuge took to social media to explain that animal rehabilitators use old brushes to remove fly eggs and larva from fur. The Facebook post has been shared more than 59,000 times.

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"Social media just picked right up on an opportunity to help animals with something they can recycle," Appalachian Wild's Kimberly Brewster said.

Donations came pouring in from across the country. The nonprofit recently picked up two carts of mascara brushes sent from at least 16 states.

The Wands for Wildlife campaign has been reported by the likes of Southern Living and Yahoo, which lead to thousands more shares. So, the influx of donations is likely to continue for a while.

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