There is a local move among citizens from the area to help clean up Mingo County.
“Hash-Tag #CleanMingo is a cause for not only the churches in the area, but all groups around the region to gather around,” said Joey Elia, a spokesman for the group.
“This is about more than a clean area, this is about God’s people trusting in Him and His provision for us versus what we can provide for ourselves,” said Joey Elia, who is a strong man of faith.
Elia, along with Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Sherrill, helped get the move started.
“We want to get the good people of Mingo County together,” Sherrill said. “We want to get everyone involved and all communities.”
“Just because our region is in decline in almost every facet we can see, we still have hope. Our hope is not anchored in what we can see,” Elia added.
“We want to get together as Christians – it is time for us to unite as one group to fight back,” Sherrill added.
Volunteers from local churches, civic clubs and neighborhoods have already been picking up trash and litter along the roadways. The #CleanMingo organizers hope that the move will catch on and that it will spread like wild fire.
A statewide cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Please call 1-800-322-5530 by April 15 to register a group or organization. This is under the direction of REAP and the WVDEP.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)