All across America Saturday, volunteers came together to show their support for the nation's largest annual community improvement program - Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup.
And Morehouse Parish residents proved to be no different by showing their concern for the town's beautification by having volunteers turn out at Carter Park for the Carter Park Cleanup.
"Everyone did a great job," said Keep Morehouse Beautiful director Vicki Carpenter. "We had approximately 25 people show up."
Some of the volunteers who helped clean the park included, Chris Andrews, Terri Foster, Lisa
Chain, Kathy Lenard, Morehouse Parish Jail inmates and President of the Bastrop/Morehouse Boys Dixie Youth Baseball Organization, Loretta May.
Each year, over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on beautifying parks and recreation areas, according to the KAB website. The Great American Cleanup harnesses the power of over four million volunteers to build vibrant communities. The website goes on to read that the cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.
"We were able to do something we wanted to do last year, but couldn't," Carpenter said. "Chris Andrews, Lee Coleman and Tab Wilkerson power washed the dug outs. They look great."
Carpenter said the volunteers worked effortlessly from 8 a.m. until noon.
"We had children and adults working hard to get the park clean," she said. "This is a area of town that we can all be proud of. I'd like to thank everyone who came out. They didn't have to do this. They did it because they care and it's nice to know Morhouse has people who care about our parish."