Picking up trash, raising donations

Staci Matlock
Taos News
Posted 11/14/19

A group of Taoseños calling themselves the Taos Privateers have embarked on a mission with a dual purpose: clean up trash around town while raising money for a good cause.

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Picking up trash, raising donations

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A group of Taoseños calling themselves the Taos Privateers have embarked on a mission with a dual purpose: clean up trash around town while raising money for a good cause.

Some of the volunteers with the group are staff and clients from the Taos Men's Shelter.

A post on the group's Facebook page Nov. 9 said, "Taos Privateers collected 17 bags of trash between Indian Hills and Tuesday Morning, over to Hippie Hill. This is the second event for Not Forgotten Outreach this week. We will have one more cleaning event on Sunday at 9 a.m., leaving from the men's shelter.

"So far, we have raised $106.72."

They are collecting trash on the weekends. So far, according to Brian Price, one of the members and a shift manager at the men's shelter, they've picked up trash on about 80 acres of land near downtown Taos. Price and another member of the group were at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym on Veterans Day, dropping off the money they had raised with Not Forgotten Outreach, a veteran's organization that provided lunch that day for veterans and their families.

Their next beneficiary of any funds raised will be the nonprofits DreamTree, which helps homeless youth, followed by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.

The group's mission, according to the Facebook page, is "performing community service works to benefit the homeless women, children, vets, pets and men."

- Staci Matlock

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