It’s Not Everyone Who Will Cart Your Trash!

You learn a lot about the character of a person when you get down and dirty with him or her. You also learn just how much some people love their town and their neighbors. Although I was not able to get photos of everyone who participated in the first half of the 2016 Comanche cleanup, I did catch some of our citizens doing some very dirty work!

If there is cleaning to be done, I never have to wonder if Vickie Harvick will be a part of the crew who does it.  On this day, I found her cleaning a yard for a man who needed some help.

If there is cleaning to be done, I never have to wonder if Vickie Harvick will be a part of the crew who does it. On this day, I found her cleaning a yard for a man who needed some help.  And Vickie is getting the walker out of the yard, not using it!  :)

Because cleanup week is a city project and because we never want to hurt those who cannot do for themselves, Penny Grace also spent the week being a good neighbor and helping those who needed her. It certainly was not pretty work.

Because cleanup week is a city project and because we never want to hurt those who cannot do for themselves, Penny Grace also spent the week being a good neighbor and helping those who needed her. It certainly was not pretty work.

Kerry Dudley has a lifetime of hard volunteer work in her wake.  Most of Comanche will remember that she has been the chief for the Santa's Helpers program for decades!

Kerry Dudley has a lifetime of hard volunteer work in her wake. Most of Comanche will remember that she has been the chief for the Santa’s Helpers program for decades!

Mario Licea and family are the first to volunteer anytime there is a cleanup. It is their mission to help those who cannot do for themselves.

Mario Licea and family are the first to volunteer anytime there is a cleanup. It is their mission to help those who cannot do for themselves.

Of course, during cleanup week, the city of Comanche works harder than anyone. Not only do people have to keep the city open for business, take care of problems, etc. but workers spend long, long hours helping people unload their trash and working to help those who cannot do for themselves. I wish I had been able to get a photo of everyone, but below you will see just a little of what goes into a cleanup.

Sam keeps the trash pushed down so we can get as much as possible into a dumpster.  As per their contract, the city receives 12 extra rolloffs per year. It is these 12 that allow for the cleanup.

Sam keeps the trash pushed down so we can get as much as possible into a dumpster. As per their contract, the city receives 12 extra rolloffs per year. It is these 12 that allow for the cleanup.

How many young men would lift and tote all day and still keep a smile? Well, that's just what Andrew did!

How many young men would lift and tote all day and still keep a smile? Well, that’s just what Andrew did!

The city picked up more brush than anyone can imagine!

The city picked up more brush than anyone can imagine, and Buckie was good natured through it all!

And Earl was on the other end of that machine, grabbing what had to be loaded by hand. He kept smiling though!

Earl was on the other end of that machine, grabbing what had to be loaded by hand. He kept smiling though!

I had to laugh when someone called to say that a city truck with no hood was driving the town!

I had to laugh when someone called to say that a city truck with no hood was driving the town!

I failed to get photos of public works director, Darwin Dickerson, who coordinates much of this huge project or Rob Evans, city administrator. Rob is also a volunteer, spending one of his Sunday afternoons in service to those who needed some help.

The second week of the 2016 Comanche cleanup will begin on May 21. If you or your group would like to volunteer, just let code compliance administrator, Penny Grace, know. She will add you to the list. As always, small towns only work when small town citizens all pull together.  There’s not a lot we can’t accomplish when we do!

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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