Youth volunteers from Christ Church in Irving and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently teamed together for a cleanup to give back to the community where they live and worship. The “516 Student Ministry,” led by Student Pastor Brian Bunch, reached out to KIB to find an activity where they could work together toward a common goal - in this case, keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River – and having fun in the process.
The group pulled up to the Trinity View Park Football fields early on July 19, ready to work, and to get ahead of the summer heat. Nine youth and two adults equipped with litter pickers and wearing bright yellow safety vests, worked in pairs throughout the park. They concentrated on the tree lines and wooded areas, separating trash from recyclables as they went, then bringing the bags back to a central location for collection.
“Keep Irving Beautiful is always happy to work with Irving’s faith group community,” said KIB Board Member Scott Wilson. “Seeing young people taking the time to come out to the park and spend their morning helping our organization and the community says a great deal about them and the example they are setting for others to follow.”
The Christ Church youth have partnered with KIB in several other events over the past few years, including a previous cleanup at Trinity View, and one in the neighborhood behind the church.
If you are interested in volunteering with Keep Irving Beautiful or making your activity a “green event,” please go to http://cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.