Ardmore Clean Team scarecrow provides shoes, socks for people in need

Published: Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:43 PM CDT
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The Ardmore Clean Team focuses on picking up trash in the city and making Ardmore a more beautiful place.

When the group heard about a scarecrow building contest downtown, member Paige Miller said the team wanted in.

"And we wanted to really highlight how much there is and how much people throw out," Miller said.

Don T. Litter, the Clean Team's scarecrow, was born.

He's completely made from trash found around Ardmore, from plastic straws for his hair to recycled clothing for his legs and complete with a pair of old work boots for feet.

However, the boots disappeared about a week after he was set up.

"We were kind of expecting some things would be vandalized or taken just because it's out there," Miller said. "We put another pair of shoes on there and the very next day those shoes were also taken."

The Clean Team started to realize it may not be the work of vandals at all.

Therefore, Mr. Litter's purpose went from scaring crows, to cleaning the city and now to helping people who needed something warm for their feet.

"We would just say 'That's great. We're glad that our scarecrow and our litter could bring some publicity to how much litter we pick up but also be a blessing with the shoes to homeless people or whoever might need those shoes and socks'," Miller said.

Several pairs of socks and 10 to 15 pairs of shoes have now come and gone.

Elaine Remy said she heard about Mr. Litter and stopped by his cart Wednesday afternoon to donate.

"I thought this was cute," Remy said. "I thought this was the cutest thing I ever saw. I'm blessed and I feel like passing it along."

Anyone can leave a gently used pair of shoes or socks in the cart at the intersection of Main and B Street Northwest until Nov. 17.

Any remaining shoes will be donated after that.

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