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“Pride in the Eastside” Encourages Communities to Make a Difference

Every city needs a little TLC, some tender loving care and residents on the eastside of Wichita Falls are trying to provide just that.

Wichita Falls, TX. – Every city needs a little TLC, some tender loving care and residents on the eastside of Wichita Falls are trying to provide just that.

The eastside neighborhood group's beautification committee hosted a "Pride in the Eastside Begins at Home" meeting Saturday to discuss and take action in making that part of town a better place.

The beautification committee's love for their community was clear Saturday as they discussed ways to improve their side of town, while setting an example for others.

“If we come together and work together we can do anything,” says Committee Member Mae Moffett.

Their message is loud and clear, change starts now and although it's a community effort, each person can set an example.

“Community is a representation of your own home so we want the community to reflect our homes, loving homes, loving families, wonder churches, community groups that are very active, says Beautification Chairman Mark Graham.

The plan..street clean ups, landscaping, painting murals and much more, in an effort to highlight the history and culture of the eastside while teaching others that everyone can make a difference.

“Well we're trying to take all of the effort and all of the finger pointing away from our city council or our government and say as citizens we can do something, we don't just have to sit around with our arms crossed and wait for something,” says Graham.

A lesson they hope, starts now but will continue through the next generation.

“I've learned that if the youth of today in this community can see that there are people who have made it, be able to have careers and lives and when you give back to someone else it comes back to you,” says Moffett.

Residents say the movement may seem small now but progress creates more progress and they only have plans to keep growing.

“I got out and started doing something in my yard and one of my friends moved back, two doors down so she started doing something in her yard.  It is contagious and it does spread like wildfire,” says Moffett.

If you want to take part in the upcoming street clean ups they there is one August 31st at 9 a.m. till noon on Martin Luther King Boulevard and one September 28th 1 p.m. - 4p.m. On Martin Luther King Boulevard and 7th street.

Lawn Equipment is needed at both events.

They also still need volunteers to work the Eastside Hotter'N Hell Rest Stop from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m. That will be set up on Harding Street and Bailey Avenue.

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