Wednesday, March 19, 2014
More than 100 people came in their work clothes Saturday morning, ready to battle litter that had tarnished their community.
They came as families and as friends, as representatives of organizations and as individuals, ranging in age from 8 to 88.
They were united by a call from the Greater Burgess Community Association to clean up Bay, Holmestown and McDowell Shortcut roads.
“We’re doing this for us,” said Al Jordan, president of the community association.
“We’re doing this for property values, for better drainage, for property values.”
This community cleanup gave some paarticipants a chance to expand the reach not only of the Burgess association, but other groups as well. The Young Omegas, a mentoring program of Omega Psi Phi, showed up en masse.
Jadn Alvizures, Myan McCray, Jamire Alvizures, Montez Wilson and Otez Myrs were raring to go as they donned the safety vests before heading out to their roadway of choice.
Jim Smart, age 88, took the honors as the senior volunteer.
“I just want to help,” he said.
Participants were shadowed by Horry County Police officers in patrol cars, lights flashing, to warn traffic that there were pedestrians on a mission in the area. Once the main roads were clear, the groups tackled side roads.
About two hours after they started, boosted by doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches, juice and water, the workers were back at the South Strand Recreation Center for pizza and kudos about their efforts.