Teen's Spring Break Beach Cleanup Goes Viral

Picking up litter alone while others partied. Social media brings him helpers!

Most college students go on spring break to have a good time. But a young man from Atlanta spent part of his vacation in Miami Beach cleaning up after everyone else's party.

Beach-tweeter Joel Franco spotted 19-year old Joshua Caraway picking up trash on the busy beach, filling up at least three trash bags with litter. "We need to keep the beach clean," said Caraway. He told Franco he tried to get his friends to help but they weren't interested.

"Even though I'm on vacation, I still can help out." - Joshua Caraway

Miami Beach police Lieutenant Paul Acosta took notice, and re-tweeted Caraway's solo cleanup, continuing the viral spread of the story. People especially appreciated the fact that Caraway told Acosta he was picking up trash because he loves animals and was concerned that things tossed on the beach could endanger them.

Police wanted to take Caraway back to the station to give him an award but he said he couldn't because he was about to head home from vacation

Just a little over an hour later, a small group arrived to help Caraway pick up trash.

It didn't stop there. WSVN-TV in Miami even did a story. And animal specialist Mike Holston a.k.a. "Tarzann" shared the photo with his five million Instagram followers, a "dream come true" for Caraway, who told WSVN he wants to be an animal specialist when he graduates. "I just love the environment and to clean up the earth," he said.

(All photographs: The Real Joel Franco Twitter page )

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