Saturday, July 15, 2006

Clean Sweep

This morning: Mom, Lois, Holly and I went down to the Bon Ton District (just learned the area's name) of Dallas.....we volunteered via the Global Day of Prayer to go and clean up the community in this area. It is 102 degrees today, so you can imagine it was a HOT day. It's always interesting to be able to reflect on your life versus those in your local areas. It was a sad thing to witness. We, personally, filled over ten bags of trash and then some, including glass beer bottles, a few glass beer bottles, and a couple glass beer bottles. When I heard about this project and I heard they were expecting 1500 volunteers to clean up this one community I imagined walking down a street and picking up a bottle here or there, and I thought the rest of us would be fighting for pieces of trash....how could one community need 1500 volunteers, right? I just can't believe the number of unsafe objects we found, I kept thinking about my childhood and the neighborhood I grew up running around in. There were fields of glass and sticker beds everywhere in this area, debris and all sorts of trash. It was sad, but rewarding....I think we could do this for the next twenty days and still not have it all cleaned up, it was like a landfill of trash where dirt and grass should be, I think in the end it does look a lot better, everything got a little bit cleaner....except me :O). We saw very few cars and even fewer people and no children this time.....it was so silent, but the evidence of the residents was all around. After that we swung by the downtown Farmer's Market, which I vaguely remember going to as a child....it was very neat. There were four looooong rows of covered vendors with their fresh goods and samples. I think we bought enough fruit and veggies to start our own farmer's market in Plano....

2 comments:

Nicole said...

That's neat.

Maurine said...

It sounds like a very fulfilling day for you and for the neighborhood you were able to help.