26th Annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

MCC-Logo-WebSet your calendars to give back and make a difference on Saturday, October 18th. The celebration will be at 52 sites all along the coast and your help is desperately needed to make this year’s event a success.
You can choose to make our coast, wetlands, and islands more beautiful by participating in this labor of love. Volunteers from across the coast will share in the responsibility as they cleanup marshes, barrier islands, beaches, wetlands, and tidal areas before being treated to a very special lunch. All those registered to participate will receive a lunch ticket from the area coordinator in charge when they pick up their supplies for the day.
Volunteers will meet their Zone Captains at designated locations to pick up their supplies and receive tips on safety. The task begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. in each area. Between 1500 and 3000 volunteers are needed and groups are welcome. Kids are encouraged to help with parents supervision or parental approval. Last year, approximately 1000 bags of trash were collected through this effort with the hard work of about 1200 volunteers.
Melissa Scallan, Public Information Officer for the Department of Marine Resources, said volunteers must register online at http://www.mscoastalcleanup.org. The event is being coordinated through the efforts of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in conjunction with The International Coastal Cleanup and many valued sponsors here on our beautiful Gulf Coast.
In the past, volunteers have found some very interesting things while collecting trash. They have run across appliances, bullets, tools and yes, even a kitchen sink! Who knows what you will find this year! If you want to help, it is highly recommended that you wear comfortable shoes that protect your feet, use sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring rain gear just in case the weather is not optimal. Zone Captains will provide “grabbers” and data cards, pencils, plastic gloves, buckets and trash bags for each volunteer upon check in.
If you cannot participate in the cleanup as a volunteer there are still other ways to show your support. Follow the crew on Facebook and Twitter as they prepare and work toward this year’s goal. Sponsors include The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint, Allen Beverages, and the Mississippi Beverage Association.
Please take time to view the brief video sponsored by the Marine Debris Task Force on the website. The reason for this event is illustrated so clearly in this video and it makes the choice to volunteer impossible to resist. You will see the huge impact that it can make for the future of our waterways and the creatures that live there.
Also, check out this environmental movement’s documentary at http://youtube/3c0x5FqEIJY and become a part of history by signing the Coastal Cleanup commemorative quilt. You can follow the traveling quilt at http://www.facebook.com/mscoastalcleanup.

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