MLK Day community cleanup in Gulfport

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one community organization is calling not only for the celebration of his life’s works, but honoring him through a community cleanup.

‘A day on, not a day off.’ That’s the slogan for this community cleanup as individuals gather together to utilize a day set aside for honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is organized by Extend a Hand, Help a Friend. Extend a Hand, Help a Friend CEO Jeffrey Hulum III said, “Unify the city that’s the best way I can say it. What a better way to do it then cleaning up the city. I say we shouldn’t wait until someone gets out there to do it.”

Individuals met up around 7 a.m. on the cold Monday morning to spend their day off giving back to their community. There were plenty of Gulfport’s finest patrolling the streets for trash. Gulfport PD Public Information Officer Sgt. Jason Ducre said, “We had about 20 volunteers today and they got up on this cold, crisp day to help clean up the community and it makes me proud.”

The cleanup crew visited multiple areas within Gulfport. For many this is the first MLK Day cleanup they’ve participated in. Volunteer Elissa Hartell said, “Normally, I spend it with family and usually we go to the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, but this year we decided to do some community service to give back to the community.”

Many kids making the most of their day out of the classroom, just don’t ask if it was planned. “No!”

“Well, not really, but it was fun anyway.”

But for many, waking up early on an off day is a small sacrifice to honor a man that dedicated his life fight for equality. “It makes me proud.”

A community coming together in unity one piece of trash at a time.

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