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Event Recap: Don’t Mess With Paris Texas Trash-Off, Held On Saturday, April 13

Trashoff Group PHoto

 

On Saturday, April 13, over 268 volunteers showed their community spirit by joining to clean up our town. The Love Civic Center Sports Pavilion was command central, where everyone gathered to enjoy breakfast provided by Credit Union of Texas and then gathered grabbers, safety vests, gloves, and bags. 

The weather was perfect, and the vibe among the 30+ teams was almost like an outdoor festival. The enthusiastic volunteer teams represented local churches, businesses, schools, clubs, social organizations, non-profits, families, foundations, and solo volunteers we called Fantastic Freelancers. We included a list of the volunteer teams and sponsors and a group photo.

Mayor Reginald B. Hughes stepped to the mic to start the program. He welcomed all the volunteers and conducted a short safety briefing. Keep Paris Beautiful Executive Director Julia Trigg Crawford then provided some final instructions on the day’s schedule. After the group photo, the teams were dispatched to their assigned areas.

By about 12:30 pm, the teams had completed their assigned areas, and all the trash had been loaded in CARD’s trash trucks and City of Paris trailers and hauled away. The final tabulations show 318 bags of rubbish collected, plus furniture and over 20 tires. There was also an array of exciting items like a metal Dallas Morning News newspaper stand, a BB gun, and even a family of orphaned baby opossums. They transferred the opossums to a licensed wildlife rescue organization in Red River County.

The group “Supreme Team” won with 73 bags of trash collected, and Impact Church brought the most prominent team with 35 volunteers.

“Once again, local volunteers showed up and left no doubt how much they care about our community,” said Julia Trigg Crawford. Keep Paris Beautiful is proud to partner with the City of Paris and all the other great sponsors for this event. A cleaner community benefits the people who live there and allows us to attract additional visitors and businesses. 

Thank you to everyone who made Trashoff 2024 such a success. We’ll see you in 2025 when we set even new records.”

For more information, please get in touch with Keep Paris Beautiful Executive Director Julia Trigg Crawford at keepparisbeautiful@gmail.com or 713.443.8789.

Volunteer Teams

  • All Smoke, No Mirrors Barbecue
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • CASA for KIDS
  • Church of God Camino de Luz
  • Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
  • Connor’s Crew
  • Covenant Christian Church
  • Darst Light Show
  • Fabulous Freelance Volunteers
  • First Federal Community Bank SSB
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
  • Home 2 Suites/Hampton Inn/Days Inn
  • Homer Group Sonic Drive-In
  • Impact Church
  • Lamar County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mrs. Felker’s CI Class and Stone Middle School Student Council
  • Paris Lamar County Habitat for Humanity
  • PJC Jewelry Making Students
  • PJC Phi Theta Kappa Students
  • RAM Foundation
  • Red River chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists
  • Red River Credit Union
  • Scout Troop 6011
  • Sunergos Fellowship
  • Supreme Team
  • Tailored Rides
  • The Kings Daughters
  • Thomas Ables & Associates

Sponsors

  • CARDS
  • Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
  • Credit Union of Texas
  • Home 2 Suites/Hampton Inn/Days Inn
  • Keep Paris Beautiful
  • Pickle Printing
  • The City of Paris
  • United Way of Lamar County