About this time last year, hundreds of volunteers gathered for the first Community-Wide Clean-Up Day. The purpose was to have neighbors helping neighbors in removing trash and other eyesores. The underlying purpose was to restore pride to some neighborhoods through this massive one-day effort. By any definition, it was an amazing success.
This Saturday will mark the Second Annual Clean-Up Day. Our hope is that this year will expand on the improvements noted last year. But it won't be an easy task.
To volunteer, call 471-8318 or call the same number if you need assistance in removing trash or discarded appliances, etc. Work teams will gather Saturday morning at Northwest and Compress Road to receive their assignments. Teams will fan out in the community and bring those items gathered back to the same site where crews will handle disposal efforts. You'd be amazed just how much can be accomplished in one short day.
But the real value of Saturday's Clean-Up day is the spirit of community that hopefully results. There was some frustration last year when volunteers went to homes where the owners simply watched the work and did not assist. For elderly residents, that's understandable. But when young males stand by and do not assist in cleaning their neighborhoods, that hurts the effort. We hope those young men are more willing to assist this year.
Last year's efforts were concentrated in the westend of Sikeston. Organizers hope to expand the program this year to include all areas of Sikeston. The end result will be an improved appearance for our community, the removal of some items that might pose a hazard and the cooperation among those volunteering and those in need of assistance.
There will be ample food and fellowship following the clean-up session, so join in. The concept of neighbors helping neighbors is certainly not new. In our community however that spirit of cooperation for the benefit of the entire community is needed and needed now.