Gulf Coast Residents Work To Keep City Clean And Green

Nearly two years ago, Katrina destroyed thousands of homes and businesses leaving a mess along the Coast. Saturday, the city of Gulfport continued its clean-up efforts with the "Keep Gulfport Clean and Green" Campaign.

Hundreds of green bags line the streets of Gulfport.

"We are down to 150 bags. We started out with 4,000 so the work is going on," says Mayor Brent Warr.

Thousands of volunteers are on a mission to clean-up the streets of Gulfport.

From inmates to youth groups, everyone is doing their part.

"We have a lot of high school youth that are leading a lot of the younger youth out here today," says Tammy Sakalaukus, the volunteer youth parent for the Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Council.

The 30 member team made the commitment to give up their Saturday to pick up trash on Washington Avenue.

"It's just so nice that so many people have came out and helped us over the past two years after the hurricane, so I just thought that we give back to ourselves to the Gulf Coast," says volunteer Meg Appel.

Fellow volunteer Stephanie Lee agrees.

"We need to get the community back together and it's just helping it do that," says Lee.

From broken bottles to dirty diapers, these kids had their fair share of trash. However, it didn't keep them from reaching their goal.

"For the most part everyone has been real positive about it because they know we are out here for a good reason," says Lee.

While leaders say they don't mind cleaning up the streets of Gulfport, they do have a message for people tempted to litter.

"Don't throw it out of your window, put it in the trash can," says Sakalaukus.

The Gulfport citywide clean-up will continue thorugh Sunday.