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Travis County hosts Earth Day celebration

Travis County hosts Earth Day celebration
Travis County hosts Earth Day celebration

Earth Day is a national celebration that takes place every year on April 22nd. Earth Day marks the founding of the modern environmental era. The first Earth Day took place in 1970 in support of a healthy and sustainable environment and was partially responsible for the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passing into law of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources, in partnership with the Travis County Sheriff's Office and Health and Human Services will be hosting the first annual "T-Shirts for Hunger" program. This effort will support area food banks who routinely face shortages of the bags used to distribute donations.

The event will take place at the Travis County Building located at 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin. Between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M., the public is invited to bring their used, unwanted and (preferably) clean t-shirts to the first floor Hall of Governments. These shirts will then be taken to the correctional facility in Del Valle where they will then be up-cycled into usable bags and totes. These bags and totes will be donated to Travis County food banks where they will be used to distribute food to needy families.

This program is a wonderful way to pass on t-shirts that you no longer want or wear and give them a new life as a beneficial and useful distribution bag for very busy food banks. These cloth bags are reusable (and washable) which means they can be put to use many times in the future. This is also an excellent way to reduce the use and clutter of plastic bags.

In support of this effort, the county will also be accepting gently used re-usable shopping bags that will also be donated to area food banks. There will be a donation box available to collect all these items.

In addition to to the t-shirt/shopping bag donation program, there will be resource booths sponsored by area partners. These booths will have environmentally related goodies and information to pass out to attendees. There will also be random drawings for door prizes held every thirty minutes throughout the event.

In the spirit of Earth Day it is recommended that you try to carpool, bike, bus or walk to the event, especially since there is street construction in the area.

Please come out to show your support of the environment and to lend a helping hand to area food banks and other environmental organizations.