Pineapple Willy's donates to nonprofits through community beach cleanup

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Every Saturday throughout the summer, John and Ryan Rogers spent one hour cleaning up the beach.

Pineapple Willy's hosted a beach cleanup to give back to local charities. (WJHG/WECP)

"I wanted to help clean up the beach and help it look nice and shiny," Ryan Rogers said.

The brothers, along with thousands of others throughout the summer, volunteered during Pineapple Willy's community beach cleanup days.

"I found a lot of cigarette butts, some bottle caps, some paper, some plastic, a lot of trash... it makes me feel sad because people shouldn't be doing this to the beach," John Rogers said.

Pineapple Willy's took the cleanup a step further by giving money to local nonprofit organizations. Ten dollars was donated for every person that came to the weekly clean-ups.

"We do it because the beaches need to be clean and these organizations need our help, so it's a win-win for everyone," CEO of Pineapple Willy's, Melissa Traxler said.

Organizations like Beach Care Services, Lucky Puppy Rescue, and Girls Inc. received donations. The Panama City Rescue Mission was the last organization for the summer, and the group received more than $800.

"Everybody here has amazing hearts to give back and to make our community better," President and CEO of the Panama City Rescue Mission, Stephen Fett said.

Pineapple Willy's hosted 15 beach cleanup days and donated nearly $18,000 over the summer.

"People leave so much trash behind and having the kids come out and see the trash, and help pick it up it educates them on this is why you don't do this," Traxler said.

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