Hartsville residents were invited to spend a Saturday morning improving the city’s neighborhoods and streets by volunteering for the Great American Cleanup, on April 29. After meeting at a park to gather tools and instructions, each group of volunteers walked or drove to a neighborhood of their choosing.
Our family took it as opportunity to be a blessing to a part of Hartsville that often is (and probably feels) forgotten. Between the five of us, I think we filled about 15 bags of trash over about 2.5 hours... in a span of only three blocks. The transformation of that little strip was incredible. The obvious hope is that our efforts helped to restore at least a glimmer of pride, or maybe even hope, to those who live around there. But even if it didn't, what it certainly did was serve as a reminder that we don't connect with our own community as often as we'd like. Hopefully this will be a turning point for that as well.