International Coastal Cleanup Day!

(Caloosa Belle/Danika J. Hopper) Making a habit of picking up trash along the Caloosahatchee, like these LaBelle Fossil Campers, is important for all of us both locally and globally.

There is a serious pollution problem right here in Hendry County. More than just an eyesore, the trash that is seen floating in the Caloosahatchee or even blowing down Bridge Street, is a threat to human health, wildlife, and it effects the economics of our beloved community. The Democratic Women’s Club of Hendry County invites everyone to participate in the “Keep Hendry County Beautiful!” clean-up event, which is being held ‪on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m‬.

The club will be partnering with the Hendry County Waste Management Department as an affiliate of Keep Lee County Beautiful.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Barron Park, where trash bags and gloves will be provided and clean-up sites will be assigned. They strongly recommend being prepared by bringing reusable water bottles, wearing closed toe shoes or rubber boots, and any clean up tools you might have handy.

Civic, school, scouting, veteran, club, and individual helpers are encouraged to participate in this land and water cleanup effort which is part of the Annual International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort of its kind. Every September for 32 years, ICC has motivated over nine million people from around the world to pick up over 144 million pounds of trash.

The event organizers are also asking for donations of sunscreen, insect repellent, first-aid kits, and drinking water for the volunteers, and even suggestions for local areas that are in need of clean up.

While in-person registration will be available on the day of the event, a more convenient online process can be accessed through the Keep Lee County Beautiful website: http://www.klcb.org/coastal-cleanup.html; teams and individuals should choose the Barron Park site. More information, and updates about the event will be available on the Hendry County Democratic Women’s Club Facebook page as well as the Caloosa Belle Facebook page.

Danika can be reached at dhopper@newszap.com

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