Spring means more than just warmer temperatures and rain, it also means it is time for spring cleaning.
The city of Amarillo is participating in cleaning.
On Saturday, April 27, there was a citywide cleanup to help keep the area clean.
Organizations and volunteers participated in the event to help keep Amarillo’s streets free of debris.
The high winds that blow through the Panhandle can often create a huge mess. This is something that many in the community are trying to combat.
“I think it’s very important for everybody in the community to help and be part of the community, and part of being in the community is to take part of cleaning up the community,” Matt Hite, Executive Director of Amarillo Activity Youth Center, explained.
Hite prides himself on volunteering time to help the community.
“We teach really strong values here at the AAYC and one of the big things we teach is to leave everything better than you found it,” Hite said.
This is something he is trying to pass down to students at the AAYC.
“I feel like I’m helping the community and the city by picking up trash,” Zach Gallegos, AAYC volunteer, said.
A common problem is that most people drive or walk by the trash without picking it up.
“We need to stop that because it’s not good for the environment,” Gallegos said.
One volunteer said that having people take part in the cleanup process may convince others to follow in their footsteps.
“I have been to many, many countries and trash is a major problem so we need to tackle it on a community basis, “Bab Jiyalamanchili, a volunteer, said.
Volunteers say it is as simple as taking pride in where you live and picking up a piece of trash.
Volunteers are hoping that people will participate in future events.
Another citywide cleanup will be held in September for the national Cleanup Day.