The Pride of Pierce City Committee has scheduled a community-wide clean-up day for the city starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Pierce City's South Park.
Volunteers are needed to help with the effort and are asked to bring hand and garden tools, weed eaters, trailers and trucks. Volunteers should also wear gloves, sturdy boots and weather appropriate clothing.
The men of the First Baptist Church of Pierce City will cook a hamburger and hot dog lunch for volunteers. Donations of food items and beverages are also needed.
"We want people to take pride in Pierce City," said event co-organizer Melissa Creed. "We will be filling 400 trash bags donated from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), collecting yard rubbish, mowing and weed eating. We will have designated areas of the city to assign volunteers for the clean- up effort."
Dana Stanphill, a co-coordinator of the community clean-up campaign, said that old tires will be collected as long as residents pay the $1 disposal fee mandated by law.
"We also hope that the elderly or those physically unable to do their own clean up will call and let us know so we can make sure that volunteers get assigned to help them," Creed added.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for civic groups, schools and church youth groups to put on their T-shirts and join in the effort," added co-coordinator Kenny Smith.
This is the first clean-up event scheduled by the newly developed Pride of Pierce City Committee.
"We hope others will join the committee and help make a difference in beautifying our town," Creed said. "Even if people don't want to join the committee or attend meetings, we would appreciate their volunteer efforts for the city."
Future projects may include streets, signs, sidewalks, homes and lawns.
Those who are elderly or physically disabled and need assistance in their clean-up efforts may call City Hall. Those wishing to make donations or to volunteer should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. or contact City Hall in Pierce City at 417-476-2323.