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Pumpkin queens need help cleaning up Spring Hope

Posted on May 3, 2021

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Spring Hope pumpkin queens Little Miss Annie Grace Manning and Miss Sarah Howell are asking volunteers to help them pick up litter around town on Saturday.

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Spring Hope pumpkin queens Little Miss Annie Grace Manning and Miss Sarah Howell are asking volunteers to help them pick up litter around town on Saturday.

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SPRING HOPE — The pumpkin queens want volunteers to step up Saturday and help them clean Spring Hope’s streets and roadsides.

Like so many pumpkin queens before them, Miss Sarah Howell and Little Miss Annie Grace Manning are set to lead an annual effort to improve the town’s appearance by removing litter from roadsides, helping elderly residents with lawn maintenance and completing other community based projects.

The queens have organized the effort and asked community members to pitch in for nearly 50 years, said Silvia Williams, who had been involved with the Pumpkin Queen Pageant since the beginning.

“I like to see the girls grow and gaining confidence,” Williams said. “It helps them believe in themselves. It’s good for young girls.”

The pumpkin queens are seeking help from Spring Hope residents, past queens, firefighters, police officers, the mayor and town board, church groups, youth groups, Boy and Girl Scouts and anyone else who wants to make a difference.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program will provide volunteers with safety vests, gloves, trash bags and pickup sticks. Trucks are needed for hauling trash. To register for Saturday’s cleanup, call 252-478-1919 and leave a message. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce office next to town hall.

State transportation officials are already thanking volunteers for picking up more than 5 million pounds of litter from roadsides statewide since Jan. 1, including all the trash cleaned up during the two-week Spring Litter Sweep in April.

“Volunteers were a key part of this year’s success,” said NCDOT spokeswoman Lauren Haviland.

Litter is unsightly, costs millions of dollars to clean up and can hurt the environment, tourism and the state’s quality of life, Haviland said.

“Let’s keep this positive momentum going,” Haviland said in a news release.

The NCDOT says all motorists can do their part to keep roads and highways clean by securing their loads before driving, holding onto trash until it can be disposed of properly and recycling whenever possible. 

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