Fort Valley’s ‘Operation Street Sweep’ teaches a lesson in service

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mayor Barbara Williams wants to bring something back in Fort Valley–Operation Clean Sweep.

Saturday’s event hasn’t happened in awhile, but folks were out cleaning anyway.

You start small, “and before you know it, it will be a city wide campaign,” said Fort Valley Mayor Barbara Williams.

That’s what she’s hoping for with the event.

“(It’s) something that we are re-initiating,” said Williams.

Operation Clean Sweep aims to clean up Fort Valley one place at a time.

“My granddad came and woke me up and said it’s time to start,” said Fort Valley resident Vaquan Wright.

People of all ages are helping out, like Wright.

“I like cleaning up and helping out people around the community. I do yard work around here and stuff like that,” said Wright.

It’s yard work and trash pickup.

While that doesn’t sound like an incredibly fun thing to do on a Saturday morning, these folks can’t stop smiling.

“It doesn’t matter what part of the city we are, we’re still going to make a difference in Fort Valley,” said Wright.

Truly a team effort–and a place to learn a lesson in service.

“The younger generation needs to know that the older generation needs their service,” said Williams. “And of course the older generation is wise enough to tell them where to go and what to do. So that’s the way we–that’s what the Bible says.”

More than 30 volunteers came out this year.

Mayor Williams hopes next year’s event will be even larger.

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