Wood County veteran raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

A recent arrival to East Texas, and Marine Corps veteran, is on a mission to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in a very unique way.
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 4:02 PM CDT
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ALBA, Texas (KLTV) - A marine corps veteran who is new to East Texas is on a new mission, raising money for Saint Jude Children’s Hospital in a unique way.

If you’ve driven East Texas roadways over the years, you’ve seen it.

Trash.

Thrown out along our county roads and even our highways.

Montana native Bob Sistok moved to Alba only 3 weeks ago and immediately started picking up trash along the roadways.

But, he also had a bigger mission.

“I call it turning trash into cash for the kids of St. Jude. You can’t see the beauty of East Texas without looking at the garbage along the roads,” he says.

Every morning Sistok and his girlfriend go out to roadways and bag up trash. In exchange, he wants Texans to donate to his efforts, which will then be donated to St. Jude.

“I’m hoping people will support my efforts. I’m hoping to raise $50 for every bag of trash I pick up, hoping to cover 100 miles of highway before I’m done,” Sistok says.

Sistok was inspired after visiting St. Jude years ago, and the work they do to help children who suffer life-threatening diseases is close to his heart.

“Tough place. It’s bad enough when an adult gets cancer, but when a child gets it, it’s the worst thing a parent can hear. I lost both parents to cancer; my sister has it now,” he says.

He got TxDOT to donate 250 trash bags for the clean-up.

“It’s a win-win. The highways get cleaned, and we get a lot of money going to St. Jude,” says Sistok.

Through donations by businesses and groups, Sistok has already raised around $3,000 toward his eventual goal of $50,000.

A recent arrival to East Texas, and Marine Corps veteran, is on a mission to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital in a very unique way.