In an effort to make a difference, One Tree Hill
's Sophia Bush
joined the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation and Barefoot Wine to make the Wrightsville Beach "barefoot friendly."
The 25-year-old actress, along with more than 100 volunteers consisting of students, surfers and other celebrities, pitched in to pick up trash on the beach and in the water. Moreover, they walked miles to collect bottles, cigarette butts, cans, and other remains that can cause destruction with the wildlife and make the beach look filthy.
"The beach is not a dumping ground or a garbage can," the One Tree Hill
"Now being here on the east coast and working in Wilmington for the last five years, the Atlantic has become our playground, and Wrightsville beach is our home away from home, so it's important to me and everybody that I work with that this beach stay clean," she added.
Bush, who plays Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill
, lives in Wrightsville Beach whenever the series is in production.
Aside from Bush, Jill Cunniff of the band Luscious Jackson also gave her support in the cleanup act by lending her name and her voice. After picking up garbage, she performed at Tower 7 Baja to an appreciative audience as a form of gratitude to the volunteers for their efforts.
"I've loved the beach since I was a child," Cunniff said. "There's always trash. We would go to city beaches and there's always stuff on the beach so that's how it's come right in to my life. Now when I go to the beach, not only do I clean the beach around me, I go in the water and clean the water."
"We cleaned up a lot of cigarettes…we had a bag about this big of cigarette butts, she added. "What can I say? Stop smoking, it's bad for you!"
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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