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At 109-years-old, Alfred "Alfie" Date doesn't have a lot of time left in this world, but with the time he does have left, he has dedicated it to helping animals in a unique and worthwhile way. As a prolific knitter, Alfie spends his time knitting tiny sweaters for injured penguins that have survived oil spills worldwide.

Do penguins need tiny sweaters? The healthy ones sure don't, however when penguins (as well as other birds) are engulfed in oil, the toxic substance makes their outer feathers, which is normally their first and strongest layer of protection against the elements, utterly useless and allows water to easily permeate the underlying fine layer of down. As a result, birds who have been victims of oil spills are often susceptible to cold. For penguins that need to dive into frigid waters to hunt fish, they often die of starvation from not being able to hunt for themselves.

In order to prevent this sad death, the penguins will often try to clean themselves of the sludge, there by effectively ingesting the toxic oil and making things much worse. However, by wearing their stylish, hand-made sweaters, it solves the problem. The penguins can't clean their own feather, preventing them from ingesting oil. Their caretakers provide them with food and protection while they slowly clean and strip away all the sludge that affects their feathers through many baths.

Plus, they look super styling.

Alfie Date has found a weird way to help animals with his unique set of skills, but it just proves that anyone can do their part no matter how skilled, or unskilled, they think they are for it. Helping animals can sometimes be doing something strange like making sweaters for penguins or even something simple like donating a couple of dollars at a local charity event.

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