N2N For 2018 a Success

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Volunteers Kena Parrish, Breanna Parrish, Cobi Hendrix, Martha Thompson and Jane Huffman take a water break during the Neighbor 2 Neighbor clean-up effort.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

“It was like General Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ – in a good way,” commented one of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor organizers when explaining the amount of work 45 people accomplished in Rector on this past Saturday. “We did not get to everything on the lists on Saturday although the volunteers worked hard from 8 a.m. to noon, so there are a few projects some of us will tackle within the next couple of weeks,” a team leader said.

A multi-generational group of workers, 17 of which were youth and teens, attacked some of Rector’s most difficult areas with mowers, weed-eaters, shovels, pruners and loppers. Several neighbors came to their front porches to express their appreciation for the group’s work.

Teams were stationed all over town and several tractors with front-end loaders were utilized. A N2N organization leader said, “It was great to have the city’s dump truck available. Our tractors’ buckets would get full and then dump dirt, heavy loads of decayed leaves and fallen branches, and curb build-up into the truck’s bed.”

Marvin Gatewood, the group’s organizer, said, “The lunch, water, heavy debris bags, gloves, and gift cards for teens and youth were possible because of Rector businesses and merchants. Shop local any time you can to say thank you to them.”

The N2N clean-up is held each August as the community prepares for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.

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