"Pride in Purdy" clean-up planned for May 31

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Purdy AmeriCorps Reading coaches and Purdy Fire Protection District will sponsor "Pride in Purdy Community Clean-Up Day: Take Two" on Saturday, May 31.

The event has been scheduled to assist Purdy residents who need assistance cleaning up storm debris. Damaged properties inside and outside of Purdy are eligible for clean-up assistance.

"Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, gloves, chainsaws, lots of energy, positive attitudes, warm hearts and friendly smiles," said Mike Redshaw, Purdy fire chief.

The clean-up will start at the Purdy Community Building at around 9 a.m.

"This event will be much like the clean-up day that was held after the January 2007 ice storms, where over 100 people showed up to help members of the community," said Redshaw. "However, this time we will be dealing with more than just downed limbs."

Renae Neill, AmeriCorps Reading director, will be in charge of approving clean-up locations.

"Over the last couple of weeks, the reading coaches have canvassed the countryside to find those who are in need of help and to assess what kind of specialized help may be needed," said Redshaw. "Anyone who is in need of assistance cleaning up their property can contact Renae to request help."

Neill will also be documenting volunteer hours, which will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for post-disaster grants.

"This also helps us keep track of where volunteers have been and what progress has been made," said Redshaw. "We will also have team leaders who will have communication with the coordinators in case any specialized equipment is needed at a location or if the unforeseen happens and someone is injured and needs assistance."

Individuals interested in volunteering for the clean-up event and residents who need assistance cleaning up property should call Neill at 417-442-3881.

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