Community organizations host clean up day at Blizzard Ford

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MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV)– Be The Change Foundation and the Clark Co. Recyclers hosted a community clean up day at Blizzard Ford in Marshall, IL.

Phillip Stapp, founder of Be The Change, said he and his family visit the park often and trash has always been an issue.

“We’ve been coming to Blizzard Ford for years and years to swim, to fish, to play. Every time we come the constant is the trash that’s here. We decided to reach out on Facebook with our group and see if we could get some folks out here to clean it up,” Stapp said.

Volunteers cleaned up old bottles, clothes and food containers from around the park.

Some volunteers also allowed their children to participate in the trash pick up.

Courtney Spencer said they want to teach their children to care for the earth.

“We need to start a better generation. All this trash, a lot of this stuff that we find has been here for decades because nobody bothered to pick up or put it where it belonged. We need to start a generation of kids that know better than that,” she said.

The group received supply donations from the Marshall VFW and safely disposed of the trash with the help of Kessler Trash Service.

Stapp said more people need to take better care of the environment.

“This trash isn’t going anywhere. It’s not going to biodegrade. It’s going to be here forever, unless human hands pick it up and get rid of it. I don’t know if you guys are familiar with the movie Wall-E, but that’s where we’re headed. We’ve only got one planet and if we trash it and destroy it, then where are our children’s children going to live?”

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