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Willing volunteers spent their day off cleaning up

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

About a hundred volunteers signed up to clean up. Kay Miller was in charge of recruiting and said although it is most people's day off they were more than willing to work.

"People take pride in their city," Miller said. "We are so excited that the business places and organizations come out and support it."

Several churches were among the litter hunters, including Cedar Lake Christian Assembly.

Pastor Murphy Matheny said, "You know so much in life is about serving and one of the things that we have been talking about in our church is that Jesus said that even the son of man didn't come to be served but to serve."

Which is why the church community sported attire that said "We Love Our City."

"Well this is part of a monthly initiative we are doing for the whole month of May," Matheny said.

The church is volunteering in numerous events throughout Biloxi.

"Because if it prospers, we prosper," Matheny said.

Another group showing their love for Biloxi was the Civitan Club. The president Lou Miles said it's a good idea for everyone to support the cleanup effort.

"Then they would probably be less likely to pour out litter from their cars," Miles said. "And children, it gives children a good idea for the future to help keep our city clean."

The cleanup was more than just about beautification.

"One of our big things is tourists and we want them to come in here on this highway and see a very favorable city that they might want to settle in and certainly to tour," Miles said.

Miller agreed, "We want to show all these tourists how clean and beautiful Biloxi is."

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