Week 18 – Alki Revisited

February 8, 2009

Ben and I decided to revisit the spot where we began our Bucket Brigade 18 weeks ago.  We went to the same place on Alki Beach, not expecting much. 

Unfortunately, the area was dirtier and it took half the time to fill our buckets.  As we walked up and down the sidewalk Ben told me about a litter website he had visited.  Someone had written that he started picking up litter but it was just so much and so unending that he gave up.

Ben wrote back saying that if everyone did just a little tiny bit every day or every week or whenever they can spare a little time, it will make a difference.  I added that I hoped that when people see us picking up rubbish that they might think twice about throwing their garbage on the ground and walk those extra feet to the many trash cans around. 

 We believe our efforts are not in vain….there are times when frustration seeps in but it’s fleeting.  The good outweighs the bad and it does feel good to make a difference.  We drive past areas where we recently picked up litter and we can see the difference.  We look at each other and smile and say “we did that!”  Other areas we drive past we look at each other and mark that in our memories to come back again….real soon.



  1. Your efforts are NOT in vain. It can be very frustrating, especially when you walk or drive past an area that you just cleaned up and notice there’s new litter. Every piece of litter that you pick up, is one less piece littering our planet. Remember, you are “making a difference, one piece of litter at a time.” Thanks for all you do!

  2. Thanks so much for your support Cathleen.

    We’d love to have you join us as an official Bucket Head! Would you fill a bucket for us down there in Florida and send us pictures? 🙂

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