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Non-profit Fondren Renaissance is calling on property owners, business leaders and residents to pitch in with neighborhood cleanup efforts.

“For the last several weeks, businesses and merchants have taken it upon themselves to begin the ‘great Fondren cleanup,’ said FRF Executive Director Jim Wilkirson in their weekly email. “It’s been wonderful to see the buy-in from everyone around and the results that can be accomplished when you act as a team and take on a mission together.”

Wilkirson pointed out newly planted medians on Lakeland Drive in front of The Meridian, not funded through “public money” but by The Meridian developers “going the extra mile to make our neighborhood more inviting to visitors, residents and investors.”

Also recognized was “the team that hits North State Street to pick up trash on a weekly basis” lead by BancorpSouth branch manager Vanda Crowe and her professional team. Wilkirson said neighbor Roger Parkes can regularly be found picking up trash along Old Canton Road and other side streets.

“It takes each and every one of us noticing that weed growing up through the crack,” Wilkirson said. “Some are going above and beyond the call of duty, but more than not are ignoring the weeds outside their front door.”

Fondren Renaissance recently paid to have city right-of-way cleaned and trimmed but said they do not have the budget to do this on a regular basis.

Wilkirson urged individuals and businesses taking more responsibility for their surroundings, saying, “We are the beneficiaries of so much positive progress and we need to be more pro-active in what has been entrusted to us. The way we keep our businesses, personal yards and public spaces are a direct result of us and how potential investors, developers, residents and visitors perceive us.”

Interested in being a part of an organized neighborhood cleanup effort? Contact Wilkirson to be added to the list. As the group grows, dates can be planned to work together. Can’t volunteer? Donate financially to FRF, noting “cleanup efforts” as your designated beneficiary.