Ashwaubenon is not a large city in Wisconsin (United States), but it might be one of the most famous. The small community hosts Lambeau Field, the home of the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers. And each Sunday, the population of the city doubles as fans flock to the area.
With an increase in people comes an increase in trash and one father-daughter duo took exception to the litter that was becoming an eyesore in their community. In response, seven-year-old Raya Schermitzler and her father, Scott, have gloved up and armed themselves with trash bags in preparation to pick up all the garbage they find along their route.
Scott recently spoke to the local ABC news affiliate about the decision to hit the road in an effort to clean up trash.
“With all the bad going on in the world, it’s nice to do something that makes us feel good. It’s good for the environment, it’s good bonding for us and it gives us something to look forward to every day,” says Scott.
Raya says it’s so important to keep the environment clean that she wants others to join her effort.
“Animals could get harmed by some garbage that we don’t pick up, so that’s why we want to pick up garbage,” says Raya.
With hopes to get others involved, the father-daughter pair started a Facebook group called “Great American Covid Garbage Pickup Project.” Since the group was created in April, it has reached almost 1,500 members from all over the world.
“We are amazed at all the people that are interested in our posts so far. We got people from Nebraska, Atlanta, Illinois, California, even Amsterdam and New Zealand are involved in our group,” says Scott.