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Hometown Heroes ‘Spring Clean - LC’

Updated: Mar. 4, 2021 at 7:21 AM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - It may seem like litter prevention efforts have gone by the wayside since Hurricanes Laura and Delta. But the City of Lake Charles has a “Spring Clean - LC” campaign underway during the month of March. Hometown Heroes made up of individuals and civic groups want the city to look good again.

“Some of these houses are really old, maybe some elderly people are in the neighborhood, so it helps them pick up all the trash that we need to.”

Katie Johnson and her fellow Top Ladies of Distinction group are no stranger to a stretch of Opelousas St. near Enterprise Blvd. They’ve adopted it for years, picking up litter and trash.

“Many of us grew up in the Goosport area and we just want to make sure that we are helping those who can’t do it for themselves,” said Johnson.

The Top Ladies are part of this month’s Spring Clean - LC, an effort to cleanup Lake Charles after a trashy six month period. First United Methodist Church has their cleanup scheduled for March 14.

“First Methodist Church has been in downtown Lake Charles since 1928,” said Rev. Weldon Bares. “The sanctuary was built a year before the Great Depression. At this location since 1871. So, we’re a part of downtown and we love our neighbors. We love our neighborhood. We want to do our part to help it look right and look clean. I just thought it was a brilliant idea.”

“We want to get this city looking back the way it was before the storms, if not better than it was before the storms,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. “We’re going to have city crews out, but we’re also inviting volunteer groups to pitch in and come together. Let’s come together. Let’s building some morale and make this city look better.”

All it takes is a few volunteers and minimal tools.

“We’ll meet in the parking lot of the church, get everyone a plastic bag and vest,” said Rev. Bares. “We’ll cover our few blocks and pick up every piece of trash.”

“Spring Clean - LC” events can take place anytime in the month of March. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Matt Young at 337-491-9147 or email mattyoung@cityoflc.us

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