Sealy residents woke up to a cold, wet morning on Saturday, and almost 100 decided to brave the elements and head outside to pick up trash in an effort to beautify the community.
Headed up by Sealy City Council members Dee Anne Lerma and Jennifer Sullivan, the Don’t Mess with Sealy event was part of the statewide Texas Trash Off. Groups representing high school and junior high clubs, city of Sealy staff, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, local law enforcement and local businesses met at the city barn on Main Street at 9 a.m. and dispersed throughout the community with empty trash bags. Within a few hours, a massive container was filled and volunteers were treated to free hot dogs cooked by Mayor Janice Whitehead.
Several local businesses offered supplies and services, and volunteers came ready with great attitudes despite the cooler weather.
“Thank you to all the citizens of Sealy who turned out to help beautify our city,” Lerma said. “Teamwork is why I love Sealy. It is filled with great people and city employees. Completing the Trash Off makes Sealy eligible for future beautification grants.”
A group of Boy Scouts picking up trash alongside Interstate 10 “dabbed” for a reporter taking pictures and said they were enjoying the assignment, even though it was cold “especially when your hands are wet.”
The Don’t mess with Texas Trash Off, hosted by Keep Texas Beautiful and Texas Department of Transportation, serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup and is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state, according to a press release issued by Trash-Off organizers.
“The program supports efforts to clear Texas roadsides of trash and will take place throughout Texas from April 1-30, 2018,” state officials with Keep Texas Beautiful. “We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 400 affiliates and reach 22 million Texans annually.”