There are many regions within the White Oak River Basin areas that are clean up worthy. It can be a real bummer to see take out cups, beer bottles, and all the creative things you can imagine choking up the natural landscapes all around you. This holds true in my local communities as well. This morning I bribed my high school aged neighbor, who happens to be out of school right now, to come clean up the entrance to Maynard Manor off of Gum Branch in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She brought along our two year old friend, and we slowly cleared one side of the entrance going on one hour. We got about three large bags filled before the task of cleaning and keeping up with the smallest of us got the better of us and we began to head back.
Before we could get away a mini van pulled up with a family of three and asked if they could join us. This was music to my ears! The daunting task of clearing out this area just got much less daunting.
Another hour and a half passed and all of us were able to fill up 9 of those orange bags with garbage.
When we drive past these areas and shake our heads thinking, “You know? Someone really should do something about all that trash,” remember: “You Are Someone!” You never know what example you may be setting for others in your community. A daunting task seems far less daunting when you realize there are others in the community willing and wanting to come along and help out. Sometimes all it takes is just showing up.