Archive for January, 2009

MLK litter pickup goes great
January 21, 2009

The litter pickup on Monday (Jan. 19) was a tremendous success. And here’s some proof — a thousand words worth at a time:

A bus stop on Bannister near 435, right next to a McDonald's and across the street from a gas station. It looked like this when we showed up at about 10 a.m.

A bus stop on Bannister near 435, right next to a McDonald's and across the street from a gas station. It looked like this when we showed up at about 10 a.m.

And by about noon:

Same bus stop, after 12 dedicated people did about two hours of work.

Same bus stop, after 12 dedicated people did about two hours of work.

Still not convinced, huh? OK, here’s more:

As I said, it was not looking good. Every brand of junk food you can name was represented by litter. It was like the Olympic opening ceremony -- only, you know, with trash.

As I said, it was not looking good. Every brand of junk food you can name was represented by litter. It was like the Olympic opening ceremony -- only, you know, with trash.

And later:

Told you the event was a success.

Told you the event was a success.

In between, there was a whole lot of this:

That trash wasn't going to pick itself up.

That trash wasn't going to pick itself up.

And some of this:

This photo makes me laugh. Why's everybody taking a break? Y'all aren't getting tired on me are you?

This photo makes me laugh. Why's everybody taking a break? Y'all aren't getting tired on me are you?

And when it was over:

Somebody asked me, "How many bags of trash was that?" I replied, "A lot."

Keep in mind, we cleaned up two sites that day. We went all around that bus stop and up a side street next to it. The other site was on Bannister near James A. Reed. The photos are just from the bus stop.
Special thanks to KCABJ members Jenee Osterheldt, Candace Buckner, Lewis Diuguid, Andale Gross and former member Rickeena Richards for helping plan the event.
Huge thanks to KCABJ members Glenn Rice, Garvey Scott (and his 3-year-old daughter Maya), Terez Paylor and Schanina Winfield.
Thank you to KCABJ friends Gwen Richards, Tom Winter and Joshua Winter.
An extra special thanks to KCABJ first lady Tiffiany Moore, who helped me every step of the way and also served as the event photographer.
Thank you to Bannister Road Baptist and Rev. Dwight Scott for letting us use his parking lot as a place to gather.
Finally, a thank you to Joe Green and DeVonte Jackson who told me they play basketball for Kansas City Premiere. Joe and DeVonte were just sitting there waiting for the bus when I recruited them to help. They didn’t have to pick up a single piece of garbage, but they did, and I appreciate that.
Thank you all for helping make my first event as KCABJ president a great one.
-Greg Moore, President, KCABJ

Here’s one more photo for the road:

Daddy-daughter time with Garvey and Maya Scott. Garvey, a Kansas City Star photographer, remarked that he was on the wrong side of the lens, maybe -- but 3-year-old Maya isn't.

Daddy-daughter time with Garvey and Maya Scott. Garvey, a Kansas City Star photographer, remarked that he was on the wrong side of the lens, maybe -- but 3-year-old Maya isn't.

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First event of 2009 — Jan. 19
January 8, 2009

Time for our first event of the new year. Go here for a video message. And this is the news story mentioned in the video.
To get involved contact Greg Moore at gmoore@kcstar.com. This event will build positive momentum that will help carry us through 2009.