Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is organizing their annual Great American Clean-Up & Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off to take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. at McAllen Municipal Park.

Mayor Jim Darling invites everyone to participate.

“I am always so proud of our city during the Cleanup because of the number of volunteers that participate and their enthusiasm in making our city better, Darling said.  “It is also a reminder to all of our citizens that keeping our city clean is an everyday obligation, not just a one-day event by very special people.”

Normalynda Zepeda, KMB board member will again serve as chairperson of the event. “I love this event because I get to invite everyone to come join our KMB board members and hundreds of volunteers for four short hours of cleaning,” said Zepeda.

Volunteers come from all walks of life such as students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, individuals, families, community and religious groups, sororities, fraternities, sports teams, and the military. In 2017, volunteers collected over 7,000 pounds of litter throughout the city.

Volunteers who participate will be issued safety vests, gloves, and trash bags and then assigned a designated area to pick up litter. They will be transported to their assigned sites and once the cleanup has been completed they will be picked up. Volunteers will be treated to a free t-shirt, hot dogs, soda, and various raffle prizes after the cleanup. The cleanup is a great opportunity for anyone desiring community service hours.

The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’s signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program. The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of Texas Department of Transportation’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.