Little boy's mission to save the sea turtles

By Kristen Miranda - bio l email

MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - When Will Murphey-Helms really started to understand what was happening to some of the sea creatures in the Gulf of Mexico he got an idea.

"I wanted to take all of the creatures out of the ocean until the oil goes away," he said.

At six, that's a brilliant idea.  Then he had a long chat with his mom and came up with something that was a little more practical.

"He decided to focus on sea turtles because every summer we go to this beach house near Panama City and there are sea turtles right outside our door so it was important to him," said his mom Laura Murphey.

Laura did the research and found a rescue organization that would take some donations.

"They were clear to say that BP was paying for the animal cleanup but that they were always grateful for donations that could assist that effort or help in the future," Murphey said.

Will began asking for help from his schoolmates and those at church to donate towels, duct tape, permanent black markers, index cards, and small dry erase boards.

Now he has a plastic bin full of items that he'll take to this organization in Panama City, Florida, when his family goes on vacation next week.

"If I can help the sea turtles it will make my heart get big," Will said.

If you'd like to help Will in his efforts, the items mentioned can be dropped off at Holy Covenant United Church of Christ at 3501 West WT Harris Boulevard in Charlotte, on Wednesday, August 4th, from 9am-2pm.

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