Volunteer events are often a hit-or-miss proposition. The size of the volunteer force can vary greatly, form one or two dedicated souls, to hundreds. Many factors can influence whether people decide to show up, from weather conditions to the type of volunteer work being done. Selling raffle tickets to raise money at a festival may sound a lot more glamorous or fun than picking up dirty, wet trash and debris along the nearby beach. This story out of Gulfport, Mississippi highlights how a small number of volunteers can still make a big difference. It also notes how people can and often do turn out for these events in terrible weather, including the rainy conditions they encountered in Gulfport. Another great aspect of this story is the young kids who also took part in the event.
The event was coordinated by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources,