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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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One man’s trash is another man’s charity

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This post combines a previous post and a previous story. You might remember that I told you about the county’s Litter-Thon last month.  And I also wrote about Spotsylvania’s homeless school children.

The Litter-Thon allows nonprofits to make money by cleaning up. The county initiative pays nonprofit groups $4 per bag of litter picked up off of Spotsy roads.

Recently, a group of volunteers from the Spotsylvania County School Administration collected 35 bags of trash and four tires (two tires count as one bag of trash).  They gave the $148 they earned to the clothes closet for homeless students in Spotsylvania schools.

You can still get in on the trashy fun:

Turn Roadside Trash Into Cash!

Spotsylvania County Litter Control is sponsoring a Litter-Thon, April 16th, 23rd, 30th

Pick up bags of litter along our roadside and get paid $4 per bag.

The Litter Control Department will provide bags.

To register or for more details, contact Clara Mills at 540/507-7334 or e-mail at

Want to help the homeless students in Spotsylvania County? Call social worker Michelle Patton at 540/ 840-0950.


  • Charity Letters

    Participate in the contest and spend the same money for the homeless ;) :D

  • LarryG

    There are many unsung heroes in Spotsylvania that Amy could, if so inclined, highlight.

    It got touched on by the teachers picking up trash and then donating to a clothes fund.

    But teachers do this and more especially at Christmas when they work to provide needed clothing to those they know need it.

    Also, there are Churches in the county that collect food and clothing and distribute it to those who need it

    Finally, there are a number of “opportunity” shops like Goodwill but also Christ Church and SECA that collect and resell used goods but make it available to those in need for free or very little.

    To sum up – there is a significant community of people in the County that are looking out for others and who really do deserve to be recognized if for no other reason to let others in the county realize that there are “opportunities” to channel some of their anti-tax passions into community service.

    Her’s what some people do – they hold yard sales or sell unneeded stuff and they turn around and give the proceeds to local community organizations.

    How about it Amy? I bet if a list were made of all the organizations in the area that helped others were provided it would both amaze and possibly encourage others to pick one or two to give to.

  • Land Stakes

    Thanks, Amy! …this is a great article about LITTER.

    We, also pay students to pick up trash… paying for litter cleanup is a great idea… our city spends $400,000 on graffiti removal and $300,000 on emptying public trash cans… so paying kids to clean up the trash of grown-ups sounds better than giving them nothing to do.

    Never let anyone stop you from imagining a clean environment.

    Health is a result of environmental signals to your DNA.

    Every time you make a good choice against litter, positive chemical reactions happen instantly in your body & brain that make you more

    healthy and alive.

    In other words… Picking Up Litter = Free Drugs created by your brain.

    Future generations will not tolerate litter.

    Feel free to contact me if you want a free link from my website.

    In hope of Peace & Synergy & Holo Pono