EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Four hearts and twelve legs with a drive to make home the best it can be. Susan and Steve Harp have dedicated their lives, and dogs, to the cause.
This Evansville family is picking its way to be the best volunteers in America.
“They love those dogs, I mean they are their children,” said Julie Welch, Executive Director of Keep Evansville Beautiful.
Welch leads a non-stop mission, but with the help of Evie and Vandy, the local non-profit has an upper hand. Now the dogs and their owners have a chance to show the world how.
To count the distance Evie has run in her 12-and-a-half years, would measure the change she has made.
Every tail wag is proof she is in love with life.
Together, the team has picked up litter around Evansville and the Tri-State for years, while sharing their message to keep the planet clean with tens of thousands of people.
Welch nominated them for this nation-wide Disney and Points of Light contest. “They are so caring and just wonderful, wonderful people, and we are so blessed to have them,” Welch said.
After a nationwide search, and thousands of submissions, one amazing family with a passion for making the world a better place will be chosen as the winner and named the Disney and Points of Light Volunteer Family of the Year.
Non-profits and schools around the country have nominated families in their communities who exemplify the power of volunteering together. Disney and Points of Light have narrowed down the nominees to the Top 30 families, representing a wide variety of causes from the environment to pet rescue and homelessness.
The Harp’s and their dogs now wait to find out if they made the top 5, but no matter what, their mission will continue.
“Be the change in the world that you want to see,” added Susan.
The top five families will be announced on Good Morning America starting on October 7. The winning family gets a Disney vacation, and the nominating organization gets $10,000.
“You can make a difference if you just try,” Susan said. “You know you think one person can’t make a difference, and sometimes it takes more than one person, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”
It goes to show how little things go a long way, and love for their city, people, and life beyond their time on Earth can all fit in the jaws of a yellow lab.
This story was originally published on September 24, 2019