Gulfport community spends the day reviving their neighborhood

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In the Magnolia Grove Community, members spent Saturday turning their neighborhood into a picture perfect place. About 25 volunteers gathered at 26th Street and Hewes Avenue in Gulfport to begin cleaning their community, by picking up trash and other items that don't belong on the streets.

Trash bags, protective masks and gloves were handed out to volunteers ready to make a difference in their community.

Andrew Adams said, "It feels good to come out here and clean up the neighborhood, make everything look good."

Uytaka Adams said, "It feels good to have cleanliness. Cleanliness is Godliness."

Magnolia Grove Community sits off of Hewes Avenue. Uytaka Adams has grown up in this community and believed with the help of others this area can transform into a debris free area.

Uytaka Adams said, "We want to try and clean up the streets because Hewes Avenue is a byway to Highway 90 and the airport."

Beauty and remembrance was in the mind of Gailyn Hockenhull when she master minded the Project Clean-up.

"It's September 11th, the anniversary of our tragic bombing, and I was looking around. And said we can show our resilience and our bond, let's clean this place up," said Gailyn Hockenhull.

Tree limbs, debris and wooden pallets were all taken off the green grass and put in to trash piles. Community member Sylvester Williams spent his time working on something other than just picking up trash.

"I just went through the whole neighborhood and picked up tires and I asked people to put them on the side of the road and I'll get them," said Sylvester Williams.

Old worn tires fill up the bed of a pickup truck and trailer. Williams will un load them at a work center where they can be recycled.

Williams said, "It feels good. It's a beautiful thing."

Andrew Adams said the streets already look like a different place and he hopes it stays that way.

"Keep everything cleaned up you know, we don't like things to be dirty," said Andrew Adams.

Organizers said they hope to turn this project in to an annual event. Organizers said the project was a success thanks to help of the city of Gulfport for donating trash bags and to Home Depot for the donations of the work gloves, face masks and insect repellant.

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