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Make Your Week: Cleaning the canyons, food drives for those in need

By Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL.com | Posted - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 3:59pm



SALT LAKE CITY — It’s another snowy Monday here in Utah.

If your commute was extra long due to the slick roads or if you just mentally aren’t ready to face another work week, we’ve got your back and are here to offer a boost.

With the U.S. facing a Friday deadline to avoid another government shutdown, we thought you’d like to hear some sweet stories we received during the last recent government shutdown.

The KSL.com "Make Your Week" column features uplifting stories sent in from people outside the newsroom. To share the stories that have made your day better, email them in 100 words or less to fjolley@ksl.com. Photos and videos are encouraged. Stories may be edited for clarity.

Helping out during the government shutdown

Utah County Sheriff’s Office

“On Jan. 17, a deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was patrolling American Fork Canyon. It had recently snowed, but it was pouring rain on this day so there was very little traffic. He encountered a woman with her dog in one of more than a dozen picnic sites in the canyon. He spoke to this woman, who wants to only be known by Tanya, her first name.

“In view of the government shutdown and out of a sense of civic pride, Tanya was in American Fork Canyon, with her dog, Jenna, shoveling snow, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash.

“Tanya said, ‘I have been inspired by posts on social media encouraging us to do our part in taking care of our parks, so I headed up AF Canyon, a place I spend a lot of time enjoying. ... Think of the areas you often love to visit, then show your love by taking action in whatever way you can to keep those areas clean.’”

Food drive for students affected by government shutdown

Tracie D.

“Students at Roosevelt Elementary in Ogden did not take a "day off" on (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) — they are taking a "day on" by going to family, friends and neighbors to collect non-perishable foods for hungry students in their neighborhood school.

“Several students in their school were affected by the government shutdown and need assistance. … Students will bring their food to the school, where it will be organized into a food pantry and prepared for distribution. ... They wanted to do something to make a difference in the world and their community and chose to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service.”

Faith Heaton Jolley

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