A lost or discarded love letter was among the items found on South Padre Island during the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup.
A total of 7,334 volunteers hauled more than 121 tons of trash off Texas beaches on April 28 during the cleanup.
“That’s more than 22,002 hours of labor — all volunteer — working to keep Texas public beaches clean. What an amazing effort,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
“That’s nearly half a million dollars worth of work and a great example of how Adopt-A-Beach is one of the most successful volunteer efforts in the nation.”
Aside from the usual cigarette butts, beer cans and diapers, some pretty odd and interesting items were found, including a $100 bill found by a Cub Scout at Quintana Beach, a used pregnancy test kit on Cameron County beaches, false teeth in Galveston and a burned up purse and wallet at Boggy Creek Nature Park in Calhoun County.
Five miles of Cameron County beaches were cleaned by 897 volunteers who picked up a total of 24,220 pounds of trash.