On event day, I buckled in three dozen kolaches into my car and the volunteers headed out to an area between Surfside and Galveston.
When we arrived on the beach, everyone was equipped with latex gloves, a black bag for trash and a clear bag for recyclables. Daniel Wang designed an interactive Trash Scavenger Hunt with varying points assigned depending on uniqueness of the item found. A few "high-value trash" items included a pizza box, boot, tire and foreign beer bottles. The group was randomized into teams of 4-5 and everyone went hard to work. We were hoping that the rain would hold up to have the BBQ on the beach, but about an hour and a half into trash hunting, the weather beat us. The wind picked up and people chased after toppled tents, and everyone else grabbed the food, threw them into cars and headed straight to the warehouse—just like clockwork. Within seconds, it started to down-pour—we all got our cars off the sand and escaped the storm.
Back at the warehouse, the BBQ carried on—we enjoyed hotdogs, burgers, chips, watermelon and even a 28-inch party pizza! Despite the unexpected turn of events, everyone had high spirits. Being drenched in the rain and covered in sand added to the fun of this event. Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for...the announcement for the winners of the Trash Scavenger Hunt. Congratulations to the three teams that made it into the 300 club—scoring high points from the amount of trash and from finding interesting items such as sandals, loaded diapers and an entire tent!
Overall, the event was a huge success filled laughter and learning. Vox picked up over 30 x 45lb bags of trash to help beautify the beach. Thanks again to all the wonderful volunteers for a fun and exciting day!
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Written by Linda Fox