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Deer Island cleaned up for Earth Day

By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Volunteers left the safety of dry land by boat and arrived on Deer Island ready to do their best to spruce up the scenery. For hours, the workers combed the island, picking up trash and filling bags. 

With rough terrain, high grass and a lot of sticker bushes, conditions were less than desirable, but the mission was worth any discomfort, according to volunteer Carolyn Hayes.

"We do a lot to trash the place and any little bit that we can do to clean the place up a little bit is good." 

Lewis Turner is a veteran at this type of thing. For him, it's a labor of love. 

"We do it every time they have it I think, just to clean this place up," Turner said. 

Levi Boerboom has always seen the island from a distance. Thursday was a perfect chance to get up close and personal with mother nature.  

"You drive down Highway 90 everyday from Biloxi, and you look over and see Deer Island," Boerboom said. "To actually get a chance to come out here and to clean up everything, it's been a lot of fun." 

More work equaled a lot of trash and many bags filled. It was like a production line for garbage.

A lot of dedication was on display, a lot of hard work by the volunteers. The end result was piles of trash and a much cleaner island. 

"It's fun! It got me out of bed early this morning. We're here with our co-workers and stuff. It's work. There are sticker bushes, but it's fun." 

The clean-up lasted for five hours. The volunteers were treated to lunch and given t-shirts for their hard work.

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