A small beauty item is making a big impact in Western North Carolina. Appalachian

Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center in Skyland is asking for your mascara wands in an effort to help local wildlife.

The wands are perfect for grooming small animals. The bristles are gentle enough to use on injured and orphaned wildlife, and are close enough together to effectively remove pests such as fly eggs and larvae. Animals are then able to be rehabilitated and released into the wild.

If you would like to be a part of Wands for Wildlife, please bring your old (clean!) mascara wands to the Volunteer Center, located at 100 Spaulding Rd in Marion.

Even one wand will make a difference. Wands will be mailed to Appalachian Wildlife Refuge at the end of each month.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Solesby at 659-0826 or volctr@mcdowellgov.com for more details.

For more information on Wands for Wildlife, visit www.appalachianwild.org