“This year we had about 45 volunteers, but there were a lot more young people who joined us this year and I loved that. We had people from Charlestown, but also from surrounding communities like Utica and Floyd county. So many people love our park,” said Treva Hodges of Charlestown who organizes the event annually.
“We worked for three hours – from 9 a.m to noon – and collected two dump trucks full of trash and had to use my pickup for overflow. When we were emptying the dump truck we filled every dumpster in the park so they have to call for a special trash pick up! We picked up plastic bottles, styrofoam, toys, discarded fishing lures, pieces of metal, shoes, tires, and we found another propane tank (we found one last year too),” Hodges said.
The group plans to keep the tradition growing annually – while some local groups jumped in to offer hands-on help, others contributed clean up supplies or other items to assist volunteers.