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SC Man Will Get Paid For Cleaning DC Memorials During Shut Down

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A South Carolina man who traveled to DC during the partial government shut down and voluntarily cleaned up memorials will now get paid for his work. A South Carolina man who traveled to DC during the partial government shut down and voluntarily cleaned up memorials will now get paid for his work.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -

A South Carolina man who traveled to DC during the partial government shut down and voluntarily cleaned up memorials will now get paid for his work.

Chris Cox, from Mount Pleasant, headed up to the Capitol with a leafblower and push mower early last month. He cleaned up trash, blew away leaves and used a chainsaw to cut down some branches blocking a path.

As he cleaned and met Veterans who toured memorials, he carried the state flag of South Carolina while he worked and word a bright red t-shirt with South Carolina across the front.

"Well the day the government shut down I was watching the news and they wouldn't stop talking about how vulnerable our monuments are, our  memorials, and that concerned me," said Cox, who is an artist and cleaned at the capitol for more than a week.

Now, the website Crowd It Forward started raising money to pay Cox back for his travel, supplies and 8 days of work. 

According to the website, the group surpassed their goal of $1500 and are now up to $1900, WUSA-TV reported.

Cox, who will also be getting a new chainsaw along with some cash, said it was important to make sure that veterans who visit the nation's capitol find it in good shape in advance of this weekend's Million Vet March.

"Our veterans are coming here in protest, I didn't want to have to see trash littered or spit cups, diapers, banana peels, half eaten apples you name it, it was on the ground out here," Cox said at the time.

Click here to visit the Crowd It Forward website for Chris Cox

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