Day #35: Give a Hand to Pick Up Trash

At about noon today, the four of us were headed back home after a quick visit to downtown Mobile. About a mile from our campground, I suggested we stop and pick up trash. The girls thought that was a good idea so we pulled over at Old Military Road and Barron Place to start cleaning up.

We noticed a good amount of trash on the side of the road, (which is what spurred the idea), but there was more than we had expected (beer cans, liquor bottles, cigarette containers, fast food wrappers, and a whole lot of other gross stuff).

I found a cardboard box to put the trash in and it wasn’t long before we had filled it to the brim.

Our girls enjoyed running around searching for trash and Stephanie & I felt great about how much better the side of the road looked.

As people drove by, we could see them look curiously at us. Hopefully, if more garbage accumulates there in the future, they will remember us and pull over for 15 minutes to keep their neighborhood clean and beautiful.

Have you ever participated in a community clean-up day? Or just stopped on the side of the road to pick up garbage?

Comments

  1. Our church participates in a community cleanup every year. It’s a great family activity, good exercise and a good way to work along side other community members.

  2. Our church participates in a community cleanup every year. It’s a great family activity, good exercise and a good way to work along side other community members.

  3. I grew up in a very small town. When I was in high school, every year, in the spring, the whole school broke into groups of about 6 or 7 and took an area of town and cleaned up trash and then in the afternoon we had a “field day” where we had softball tournements, relay races etc… it was fun! I haven’t done much since then – good idea!

  4. We’ve done this on Earth Day for many years now. It is amazing how much gross stuff there is to pick up, but it is also amazing to see the world a little cleaner! Great idea!

  5. OK… funny story time.

    Our church used to “sponsor” the mile of highway that our church sits on (now it’s sooo busy that the state has taken over clean-up) and twice a year we would get out with the big yellow trash bags and pick up trash. I have always been a kid at heart and was laughing and joking with my husband while we worked picking up stuff etc… then I found a duffel bag and said something along the lines of “Look at this!” and grabbed it to throw in the trash bag when suddenly a whole herd of field mice jumped from the bag and started running all over – I squealed like the girl I am and dropped the bag. After that I held the trash bag and let Hubby pick up the trash to put in it.

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