The Queen of trash

The things that guests don’t see after a major fundraiser. So, Betsy and I went out to Traveler’s Rest today to pick up tables, chairs and other leftover items. And as I drive up the long gravel drive and pass the meadow where our guests parked on Saturday I notice, alas, that there is trash there. Empty water bottles, name tags, the remnants of Jello shot Easter eggs, empty margarita drink boxes…you know, the normal stuff that slightly inebriated people might just drop on the ground as they stumble to their cars (to be driven by a designated driver, I hope).

Betsy’s nerves were pretty well shot at this point. She helmed the fundraiser on Saturday and she’s in charge of the giveaway for our regular nonprofit partners on Tuesday. I knew if I said something about picking up trash, her head would explode. So, my wonderful husband, Mark, who had come with me to help load the truck, and I picked up trash. Please note the fashionable latex gloves. Also please note the lone car behind me, left by a guest who probably took a cab home (also a good thing) and had yet to pick up his or her vehicle.

You know, I’m happy to do this. The caterer passed me on his way to retrieve his fryer, stopped and said: “Why are you picking up trash?” Because this is what is required at this moment in time.  If there are any nonprofit executives who have not, at one point in their careers, cleaned a toilet, swept out an office or, yes, picked up trash I have not met them yet.


About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

One thought on “The Queen of trash

  1. I would usually ask permission first, but I’m on a deadline and I’m just gonna steal your pic. We’re starting a campaign in our county to pick up trash and stop littering, and your pic came up in google, and it’s perfect. Please accept my apologies for stealing your photo before I got permission, and if you want a copy of the paper I’m printing it in, please email me at news@harpercountyherald. com. THANK YOU!!!

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