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Community clean-up will help to make difference

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

SIKESTON - Teams of Sikeston residents will join

forces with their neighbors for a community-wide

clean-up set for Oct. 20. The project coincides with

"Make A Difference Day" - a nationwide effort at

volunteerism and community betterment.

The massive one-day project will take place from 9

a.m. to 1 p.m. with volunteers removing trash,

trimming bushes and cleaning yards around the city.

According to Missy Mashall, executive director for the

Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, SACC had been

involved in years past with clean-up efforts. Last

year was different however as the SACC went beyond its

membership to the community at large and asked for


"It was more successful than they anticipated, more

successful than the previous approach," Marshall said.

Last year, the community efforts of more than 300

volunteers resulted in 1,340 cubic yards of trash

being hauled off and helped to bring several houses up

to city code. National organizers of Make A Difference

Day reported more than 2 million people took part in

service projects nationwide last year.

"I'd like to stress that this is a good opportunity

for the elderly or those who live on their own to have

items hauled off," Marshall said.

Work teams will register and receive assignments at

the staging area, near North West Street and Compress


The work assignments will be located throughout

Sikeston, based on requests from residents and


Anyone wanting to request clean-up services can call

471-8318, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from

now until Oct. 19. Signed permission is required

before clean-up begins.

Marshall noted that work assignments are already

coming in, and she gives credit to the Ministerial

Alliance and the City of Sikeston for helping out.

Church youth groups will engage in friendly

competition to generate interest in the clean-up as

well. The group with the most volunteers to sign in on

Oct. 20 will be presented with the "Spirit Award." The

competition is being sponsored by the Sikeston Area

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers are asking for volunteers for work teams,

registration, providing food and assisting with

staging site set-up and tear-down. Anyone interested

in volunteering is asked to call 471-8318, 8 a.m. to 5

p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Oct. 19.

"We need plenty of volunteers," Marshall said. "Its

looks like right now that we've got a lot of youth, a

lot of high school students taking part which is

great. But we need adults with trucks and trailers."

At the conclusion of the clean-up, work teams will

return to the staging area for food and music.

In addition, the Sikeston's compost site will be open

Oct. 20-21 for those residents wanting to drop items