Church members do Spring cleanup

Members of Chavies First Church of God volunteered to pick up trash on Combs Branch Road in Chavies on Saturday, for the Eastern Kentucky Personal Responsibility in a Desireable Environment (PRIDE) Spring Clean-up Month.

"You'd be surprised because a lot of times you think these are teenagers, they are not going to enjoy picking up trash. But they do. There's a lot times that they even ask us if they can do it again a few weeks later," said Tania Mullins, who is the Youth Director of the church.

Some of those volunteers say they are proud to help protect their environment.

"I can help my community. I can do everything for my community. I can help everybody pick this up," said ten-year-old volunteer India Pratt.

"It means a lot to me because I get to help clean up the community and make it look very nice and pretty because we do live in a very pretty place and we need to keep it like that," said twelve-year-old volunteer Chalyn Colwell.

Perry County magistrate Frank Hurley says a major problem in Perry County is people throwing their trash on the side of roads.

"It's wonderful to me to see the area clean and to see the garbage gone. But it's also knowing that we are instilling something in these kids that they can take with them for the rest of their lives," Mullins said.

Thirteen year old participant Donald Jent says if there's trash laying around next year, they will clean it up again.

Eastern Kentucky PRIDE was also putting on a Spring Clean-up event in Cumberland Falls today.

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