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(St. Croix, USVI) The front-line workers of the VIWMA were the recipients of a tasty lunch curtesy of #PayitForwardstx, an ad hoc community group that deliver meals to essential workers in the wake of this Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Jennifer Cole Simpson for nominating the VIWMA and to Katie Nelson for soliciting the donations from local restaurants and making the delivery on Thursday, April 23, 2020.


According to Ms. Nelson’s Facebook page, Ms. Simpson nominated the VIWMA because it is perceived  to be a “thankless job”.  Simpson said, “In a time of social distancing, the residential and commercial collectors are now faced with touching everything we touch. I see them now in masks and gloves when they come by, working hard as ever, and I know the virus must weigh heavy on them and their families. Yes, they are still working unlike most of us, but they are absolutely taking a risk to do it and I am incredibly grateful to have them.”


The VIWMA solid waste and wastewater crews were very thankful to be acknowledged in such a personal way. One staffer said, “It’s good to be remembered and to know someone is thinking about what we are going through, working in these circumstances with the coronavirus everywhere.”


The public is reminded they can help VIWMA front-line staff stay safe, by placing all trash in closed plastic bags, and sanitizing the lids and handles of their trash receptacles. You can also keep wastewater flowing unobstructed, by flushing only toilet paper down the drain.


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