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Trash into treasure: Christmas ornaments crafted from lures to benefit PRIDE

Tree ornament by Barbie Begley

Barbie Begley made this Christmas tree ornament from a bobber she found while picking up litter at Laurel River Lake. She recently began selling her decorations, and she plans to donate 10% of her sales to PRIDE. Photo by Barbie Begley.

By combining her volunteer spirit and artistic talent, Barbara Begley has created unique decorations to adorn Christmas trees and support PRIDE.

Begley fashions one-of-a-kind ornaments from the lures and bobbers she collects while volunteering to pick up litter at Laurel River Lake.

She just recently decided to sell her hand-crafted treasures, and she plans to donate 10 percent of her sales to PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.

“I’ve been doing these for two or three years, and now I’m realizing that people really seem to love them,” Begley explained.

“Barbie’s ornaments will add a fun, distinctive touch to your tree, and you can feel good about helping out a good cause,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “We appreciate her volunteerism and generosity.”

Begley, who owns property near the lake, picks up litter as she travels the shoreline in a paddle boat daily, weather permitting. She has removed about 900 bags of trash from the lakeshore in the last eight years. Begley won the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award in June 2011.

To contact Begley, call 606-258-1500 or 859-269-1609, or e-mail her at barbarabegley@roadrunner.com.


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