by Anayeli Ruiz
BIG SPRING - While many people will be out enjoying their spring break in the coming week, one Big Spring man is using that time to raise money for a good cause.
Pastor Ken McIntosh plans to spend his time picking up trash, but he's doing it in the name of drug prevention.
Picking up trash isn't a new idea but McIntosh is putting a spin on his clean-up efforts.
"I got an idea of tackling one community problem, that's the trash that blows around Big Spring. And using that to address another community problem illegal drug use among teenagers in the community," McIntosh said.
Pastor McIntosh will spend three days over spring break picking up trash around Big Spring and he's asking people to pledge a certain amount of cash for every trash bag he fills up.
money will go towards establishing a drug prevention program for 5th and 6th graders at Goliad Intermediate School.
"I have three teenagers in Big Spring. It's a great place to live, it can be a great place to raise kids but I am concerned as a father and as pastor of prevalence of illegal drugs in community and need to figure out ways for our kids to say no," McIntosh said.
But he says right now, there's a void when it comes to teaching drug awareness.
"I learned that last year the DARE program stopped two years ago and federal resources for drug education have decreased significantly over the last year and a half," McIntosh said.
McIntosh knows that the challenge won't be easy, but he still remains optimistic.
"My goal is to raise $5,000. I don't know how much trash I can pick up in three days, if I can raise $5,000, I will think that it a great success," McIntosh said.
If you would like to pick up a pledge, you can find them at the Howard County Library.