A Pass Christian Woman Is A Standout Volunteer At 2007 Mississippi Coastal Clean-Up

As soon as Mary Catherine Ward of Pass Christian could walk, she says she's been helping to keep coast beaches clean.

"I've been cleaning up since birth," says Mary Catherine Ward, Pass Christian.

She joined nearly 135 volunteers near the Pass Christian harbor for this year's Mississippi Coastal Clean-Up.

"The first item I picked up today was a baby diaper, but it was well wrapped and whoever put it out on the beach put it underneath some wood so apparently they had some good intentions there just wasn't a can close by," says Ward.

Ward unveiled her strategy to helping to keep the beaches clean for so many years.

"Just keep moving, and we work hard," says Ward.

Others who came out to volunteer say they can't do some of the activities they would like to do as often when the beaches are littered with debris.

"We just really come out here to help clean it up, so we can have fun again and have get-togethers," says Seana Flynn, volunteer.

Among the trash thrown out, Ward says she was able to find a good find.

"We got all kind of good stuff.  I had to stop and read some of the reading material," says Ward.

Ward has a simple request for those who come out to the beach, one she says will keep the beach beautiful for her and others along the coast to enjoy.

"I think everyone who comes out loves the beach, and the people who come outside love the beach. So we just need to keep it clean and bend over and pick up something ourselves," says Ward.