Last Saturday morning, 375 Flower Mound residents, from cub scouts to senior citizens, met at Gerault Park to get their marching orders to clean up their town at the annual Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Trash Off.
Donning gloves and safety vests, and carrying long handled litter grabbers and trash bags, volunteers fanned out to 21 parks, trails and roadsides throughout Flower Mound.
Bottles and cans were separated for recycling and trash was bagged. Volunteers worked hard for three hours and then came back to Gerault Park to deposit their trash into large dumpsters provided for the event.
Each bag full of trash or recyclables earned its litter-picker a raffle ticket. Among the raffle prizes were gift cards for pizza from Dominos, green product gift baskets, Community Activity Center tickets and a bird house made of recycled material and seed from Wild Bird Center in Denton.
The first 200 volunteers who registered also received a Keep Flower Mound Beautiful t-shirt. While not everyone won a prize, everyone enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing they did their part to keep Flower Mound beautiful. Before heading home, volunteers enjoyed a hot dog lunch cooked up by The Summit Club.
One volunteer in particular deserves special mention for his efforts: Pat Lawson single handedly picked up 22 bags of trash and recyclables. That was a new record!
This event was held in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful’s Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off, the single largest one day clean-up event in the state. Keep Flower Mound Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and is glad to have had our community participate in this statewide effort.
Learn more about Keep Flower Mound Beautiful (KFMB) at www.KFMB.org.