Bringing joy to garbage guys

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Hough -- Guys who are used to lifting trash got a little lift from the children of Hough Elementary School and the Junior Joy Team on the day before Valentine's Day. The kids made 330 Valentine cards for garbage collectors, laborers and others who work local waste-and-recycling streams. On Feb. 13, the Junior Joy Team delivered the cards and candy to two shifts of laborers on the recycling line at the Waste Connections transfer station. It was a surprise to nearly all the workers.

"These people work hard every day doing a very dirty and incredibly essential job for our community," said Chief Joy Officer Michele Larsen, who founded the Joy Team in 2010 to spread optimism and inspiration.