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The family-owned Harrisburg firm places the neighborhood first throughout the pandemic – ABC27

HARRISBURG, PA (WHTM) – If there's one thing we've learned this year, heroes are everywhere.

A real test of this is helping others, even if you are injured. Such is the case with a Harrisburg company that may have 30 percent less revenue but always give 100 percent to its community.

"If you need anything – advice, a helping hand – it's just him. He's always there for you," said Domineack Commodore, Harrisburg Cougars wrestling coach.

The "he" is Leland Nelson and his four brothers.

"There is a certain family dynamic. But we work through it. It's a completely different segment," laughed Nelson.

For the past 15 years, they've grown their business by getting rid of what people don't want. Since the pandemic started, they have worked hard to give people what they need.

Everything comes from their collection, which they gained from transporting rubbish.

"It's a little organic. You know, if someone comes to us, we're happy to bring them to them – you know, for free," Nelson said.

This means that the Dirty Dogs neither bark nor bite.

"That person feels happy, and we're also a little proud to say, 'Hey, this item is going to have another life instead of just going to the incinerator," said Nelson.

That's just one of their good deeds.

Dirty Dog provides community volunteer and community cleanup services, sponsors local sporting leagues, and recently hired a wrestler from Harrisburg Cougars.

"I'm very grateful to him because – you know, when you get to town things are difficult and you just need some help along the way. This is a great way for him to give back," said Commodore.

“There are some things that happen in the classroom, but we want to get you out into the real world so you can meet a client, go through some of the conflicts you might have, such as: B. If you run out of gas or we don't have a debit card to pay our dumping fees, ”Nelson said.

Such life lessons Nelson and his brothers once learned in the same capital. They could have taken their business anywhere, but they stayed here in Harrisburg.

“You have to try to get to where you are. You know where you are planted. So my mother is here. My brothers are here. You have to be the change you want to see, ”Nelson said.

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