The 30th Annual Trash Bash was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at T.W. Richardson Grove Park with 350 volunteers in attendance. The group collected 340 pounds of trash and 320 pounds of recyclables, keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. After the cleanup, they were treated to a hot dog lunch prepared by Blueprint Church members, or pizza served by Chuck E. Cheese employees. Volunteers had the opportunity to visit several booths, including Water Utilities, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, DiscGames disc golf, Barry Allen’s reptiles, and KIND snacks, distributed by IFD trainees. Blueprint Church and Chuck E. Cheese made up the two food teams, serving hot dogs, chips and pizza to the hungry volunteers. Singley Academy Police Explorers (pictured above) directed traffic and parking, while the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Irving Hawks Chapter distributed supplies.
For the past several years, KIB has partnered with Crisis Ministries of Irving to include a food drive as part of the cleanup. Volunteers who brought a food donation received an event T-shirt, and a total of 1,175 pounds of food went to the food pantry in downtown Irving.
We had a fun project on Sept. 16 with the Adult Day Therapeutic Program from Lively Pointe. The group painted birdhouses which had been donated by the Parks Department and assembled by the CHRIST Church 516 Students. This took place at the Irving Archives and Museum Smithsonian Spark!Lab, and the group toured the museum afterwards.
Thanks to the Parks Board for their ongoing support of KIB. Three board members conducted a cleanup of the Rock Island Trail on Sept. 18, and four members, along with family, volunteered at the Trash Bash on Sept. 25.