For those of you who are unfamiliar with H2O Trash Patrol, we are a 501C3 non-profit organization that is based in Encinitas, CA. We are extremely passionate about and dedicated to removing harmful debris from waterways and leaving the environment in a better state than the way we found it. We are unique because we physically get out on the waterways via standup paddleboards and clean all of those "hard to reach" places where trash likes to hide.
Since we started H2O we have been heavily reliant on our "Trusty Trash Mobile" aka our Toyota van, as a way of transporting all of our gear to and from our events. We also used it to transport all 16,000 pounds of trash to its appropriate destination. She may have had a little stank on her from lugging around all that marine debris over the years, but she was our most loyal volunteer and we anticipated getting at least another few years out of her.
Our Trusty Trash Mobile before it decided to take a vacation... Yes, that is a shopping cart we found in the water at one of our cleanups...
We planned to within the new few years have enough funds to purchase a more reliable vehicle that could transport more gear as our volunteer base started to grow... However, our volunteer base grew way faster than anticipated and we are still in the very early stages of saving up for our new vehicle.
In the meantime, we are going to try and get some more miles out of our Trusty Trash Mobile, but man, she is high maintenance. What started out to be a bill for under $1,000 has snowballed into almost $5,000 as of yesterday. We currently do not have the money in our budget to allocate towards such a hefty, unexpected expense, which is why we are reaching out to you for donations.
If you would like to assist in getting our van back on the road we would greatly appreciate it more than you know. All we want to do is just get back to doing what we love most, which is simply preserving the marine environment.
This is one of the local sea lions, Lola, that we see a couple times a week down at Oceanside Harbor. She loves to sun herself and despite missing an eye, she generally appears to be in a good mood! It is very common for sea lions to get tangled up in the nets and barbed hooks on fishing lines which is how we think she may of lost her eye.
For more information on us, please feel free to visit our Facebook Page "H2O Trash Patrol" or visit our website at www.h2otrashpatrol.org
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