Small groups spent their morning on Saturday, Sept. 19, making sure Volusia County beaches stay clean.
Ocean Conservancy’s 35th International Coastal Cleanup is taking place this weekend, and the event was in full swing on Saturday near the Cardinal beach approach in Ormond Beach with several groups picking up litter left behind on the sand. Among them was the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University women's basketball team, and Head Coach Lisa Wilson said they always love to community service.
Wilson, whose son Rocco also participated in the cleanup as part of a group from Hinson Middle School, said the pandemic has made finding ways to give back challenging, but that she felt the beach cleanup was a great way to do that and keep her players safe.
"We always look for projects that we can do and a lot of the girls feel really strongly about the environment and keeping things clean and safe," Wilson said. "This kind of checked all the boxes for us."
Other groups nearby included Boy Scout Troop 65, who have been spending the last few Saturday mornings cleaning up the beach as part of a summer project, and the Capt. James Ormond chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who had about nine members come out for the event.