8-Year-Old Needham twins organize cleanup event

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Ava and Shira Robinson are little girls making a big difference.

“Well, we went to a park and saw a lot trash there,” Ava said.

“It looked like someone had a birthday party lot of balloons,” Shira added.

So the 8-year-old Needham twins took a time out from playing and took it upon themselves to pick up the garbage.

Other kids asked what they were doing and offered to lend a helping hand.

“We thought it would be better if we didn’t do it all alone and if we had help,” Shira said.

“We did it as a big group,” Ava said.

Once they got home, Ava and Shira brainstormed with their parents and came up with an idea to help make their town more beautiful.

They launched a Facebook group called the Needham Cleanup Crew.

The girls just held their first event at Memorial Park. They had a modest turnout, including a lot of families.

“They really led the event. I really didn’t do much when people started to come. They were really eager to hand things out and suggest where people go and they walked around kind of supervising. You know, for two eight-and-a-half-year-old’s, it’s pretty impressive,” said their father, Matt Robinson.

The girls and the Needham Cleanup Crew collected about 15 pounds of trash in less than an hour. And they hope this is just the start.

“I’m looking forward to doing more of this. Yeah, and picking up more trash and hopefully having more people to help and making it more beautiful community,” the sisters said.

Ava and Shira are planning to hold another cleanup in September or October.

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