To the Editor;
My wife is one of many volunteers who volunteer for various projects and jobs in Sultan. She cleans a mile stretch of road that runs past our home.
Several weeks ago while I was helping her an SUV pulled up and stopped beside us. I was picking up a beer can out of the ditch and Dolly was just putting a piece of garbage into her bag of collected stuff.
The driver rolled his window down and said, “I told myself if I ever saw anybody picking up cans on the side of the road I would give them $20.” He then reached his arm out the window and handed my wife a $20 bill and drove off. A random act of kindness.
It doesn’t end there. My wife and I agreed we would split the $20 into two $10 bills and do the same thing for someone else.
A couple weeks after that, while we were driving down the Old Owen Road, we saw a man and woman picking up cans from the side of the road. I drove to the next driveway and turned around. Pulling up beside the woman, we told her what had happened to us and handed her a $10 bill.
Folks who keep our roadsides clean either by picking up, or better yet, not throwing stuff out the window in the first place, deserve something. Maybe a thank you, a friendly pat on the back, or even a $20 bill. Keep your garbage in the car and dispose of it at the gas station when you fill up.
We still get to give out a $10 bill one more time. I hope it comes sooner than later. Maybe this first man started something.