When his town went into lockdown, 15-year-old Joseph Beer found he had a lot of time on his hands. Like many people across the world, he had to find a way to stay occupied during a high-stress time and everything was shut down.
He could have spent his days mastering a video game, but instead he decided to help his community.
Joseph had noticed that outdoor areas around his neighborhood could use a little love and attention. Many road signs were covered in dirt and moss, and the ones that weren’t still weren’t visible from the street because bushes and trees had become so overgrown that their branches covered the signs.
So, he and his dad hitched a trailer up to the back of his bike, and he rode around town, stopping to scrub signs and cut back branches wherever he could.
According to his mom, Lisa, Joseph would spend all day outside cleaning and by the time he came home in the evening, his bucket of water was “black” from all of the dirt and grime he’d wiped away. She said that he’d come home every day, shower, and wake up to do it again the next day.
Lisa wasn’t the only one who noticed all of his hard work, his local community did, too. Soon, there were before and after photos getting shared on their community Facebook page and people were so grateful that they started a GoFundMe campaign to help him out (the fundraiser has since ended).
Instead of spending the money the community donated on new clippers or even something for himself, Joseph plans to donate it to a local food bank “for families who are struggling to feed themselves at the moment,” his mom said.
Joseph believes his payoff is just seeing the huge difference between the before and after photos of the areas he’s cleaned up. In fact, he’s found it so satisfying that he plans to keep going, and now, when he’s out, he makes note of spots that could use a little tidying up so he can go back and do the work himself later on.
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