As the partial government shutdown heads into its third week, you may have seen news that National Parks have been particularly hard hit, seeing massive waste and trash problems without staff there to keep them clean and sanitary. Now, at National Parks and other significant government properties across the country, Muslim youth groups are organizing cleanup efforts.
Dozens of groups from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association met at Everglades National Park in Florida; Joshua Tree, California; Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio and other parks in between, as well as at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They worked together to clean up litter, sweep grounds, empty trash cans and more. Photos showed them working through rainy weather, doing their part to keep our country a little cleaner in a time of need. I’m not crying, you’re crying.