Spring cleaning in full swing for parts of Texoma

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Spring cleaning is in full swing in Texoma.

Volunteers in Tishomingo spent their Saturday morning picking up trash and improving walking trails.

Organizer Wanda Gray said it is part of the Great American Cleanup, a nation-wide event sponsored in Oklahoma by the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful organization.

"They do this once a year where they encourage communities to just clean up, just to make your place look better," Gray said.

Gray, who works for INCA-RSVP, one of the local sponsors, says the event benefits the look of the town for visitors and residents alike.

"Well, we have a lot of people coming into town, not only with Ole Red," Gray said. "We have Midship pipeline coming through and just because we have people that live here and we want to keep it clean."

In another part of town, a group of teens worked on a walking trail, cutting back overgrown plants and laying rail ties to prevent the trail from washing out.

"We're wanting to support our community and make sure families can come on a trail that's safe," 15-year-old Seth Stowe said.

Several dozen volunteers helped in Tishomingo.

Meanwhile, around 250 volunteers took part in the same event in Ada, all part of the estimated 1.5 million volunteers across the nation, according to the Keep America Beautiful organization.

"I mean that's what makes this community," Gray said. "They have such a huge heart. You ask for a volunteer and they show up in the droves."