Volunteers help give Henderson Point in Pass Christian some TLC

Volunteers help give Henderson Point in Pass Christian some TLC
(Photo source: WLOX)
(Photo source: WLOX)

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Saturday was the beginning of Restore America's Estuaries Week. Over at Henderson Point in Pass Christian, more 40 volunteers came out to show off their green thumb and support the project.

"We are planting maples, live oaks and cypress trees," Judy Steckler explained.

Steckler is the Executive Director for the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, and says trees are an important part of the coast's eco-system, so restoring what Katrina destroyed years ago is important.

"One, the trees will help in the filtration of the water going in to the estuaries which is real important. It will bring birds back to the neighborhood, because they'll have food and safe shelter. So it's really going to improve this area," Steckler said.

That's why volunteers like Tia White say they're happy to help.

"The fact that we're planting trees and making things more beautiful; it's a really, not grungy spot, but you saw it, it was really grown up so making it look nicer is what makes me feel good about it," White said.

Little ones were also included in the day of service.

"It's kind of different to do something like this because it's something that's going to carry on and move up with the different generations," Gary Shulmire said.

Shulmire brought his son and daughter to teach them a lesson on giving back.

"It just gives them an opportunity to learn. I did a lot when I was growing up back in Texas," said Shulmire. "We had the opportunity to do a lot of service projects through church and school, so I thought it would be good to help them learn and understand what it is to be in a community and help out."

Without all the helping hands, this day wouldn't have been possible. For more information on this project or how you can help with future projects, click here.

The group will be out again Sunday to finish planting the trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions to the tree planting site are as follows: Head west on Highway 90 towards Bay St Louis. Turn left onto Bayview Street (before getting onto the Bay St. Louid Bridge). Take a right onto 3rd Street and the planting site is located at the intersection of 9th Street.

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