The South Hill Revitalization Committee and numerous other community groups took the idea of spring cleaning to the streets Saturday. Committee Chair Sandra Kinker said approximately 20 teams consisting of almost 200 people had signed up to participate in Operation Cleanup.
“On behalf of the South Hill Revitalization Committee, it is with deep gratitude that we thank each and every team, each and every volunteer that participated in this cleanup.” Kinker said. “We live in a wonderful community… where citizens take great pride in their town.”
The workers enjoyed beautiful weather for the occasion. Mayor Dean Marion welcomed the volunteers before they dispersed themselves among the 10 zones that South Hill was divided into for the morning. Kinker said the Town of South Hill was a vital partner in the project, providing materials, including gloves, bags, and pickers, and also lunch, which was cooked by volunteers Mike and Jane Allen. The Shops of South Hill also offered prizes to four lucky winners.
Beth Cook came out to clean up as part of a group from Exit Realty. She said her team was participating in the project to support the community.
“The community supports us with our business, and this is our way of giving back, as a ‘thank you’ to the Town of South Hill,” Cook said.
Sanford Memorial Baptist Church’s Girls in Action group also came out to participate. Wanda Crickenberger, one of the adult leaders of the group, said they try to choose a mission project every month, and this month they chose Operation Cleanup.
Kaylee Ezell was one of the young Girls in Action who participated. When asked why she was doing this project, her answer hinted at a global perspective.
“So we can clean up the earth and make it clean,” Kaylee said.
Mayor Dean Marion said he thought the turnout for the event was impressive, and he said the participants ranged from children to retirees.
“I thought it was a very, very successful event,” Marion said.
Kinker said the goal is to have another cleanup day later in the year.