Children and youth from Winan United Methodist Church participated in a community cleanup day on Nov. 7, picking up trash scattered along Alford Street in Franklinton, La.
A group of nearly 20 participated in the event, including a number of adults from the church. The adults included Rev. Darlene A. Moore, pastor; Carver Lester, Winan's lay leader; and Children and Youth Coordinator Veronica Brooks. For safety, the volunteers wore gloves and vests and used trashpickers.
Following the work day, volunteers returned to the church for an art project led by Rev. Moore, a nutrition lesson led by Jessica Greer from LSU's Agricultural Center, and a hot breakfast prepared by Gloria Lester and V. Brooks. Rev. Moore concluded their time together with a reading from The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
"We are committed to have an annual community cleanup day. These kinds of outreach efforts show our children and youth that it is our responsibility to take care of God’s Earth, keeping it clean and beautiful. This outreach also shows our community that we care," said Rev. Moore.
Winan UMC's children and youth meet at the church located at 624 18th Ave. the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. For more information, call (985) 839-2318.