Volunteers come together to spruce up downtown

by Sarah Melton

MOUNT HOLLY – Roberta Mason got a pleasant surprise when she peered out of The Salon & Spa on Main on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Sarah Melton/MIW photo Mount Holly Councilman David Moore plants a tree as part of a revitalization effort between the city and Mount Holly Development Community Foundation in downtown Mount Holly.

The hairstylist saw several youngsters digging up dirt in a planter box outside of the downtown hair salon. They were planting several new brightly colored pansies in the box.

“When I saw the kids planting the pansies that we are going to look at everyday, it just warmed my heart,” Mason said. “We will get to reap the benefits all winter.”

Several volunteers came out to revitalize the planters in downtown Mount Holly, an event sponsored by the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation and City of Mount Holly. The city purchased pansies, trees and other gardening supplies from Cindy Suddreth Greenhouses and Southern Roots Garden Center. Many volunteers brought wagons, shovels and coffee to keep warm, despite the cooler temperatures.

“We want our town to look nice,” Barbara Linster, a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, said. “It is something we can do to help make our community look better. You can ride down the street and be proud of how it looks.”

The volunteers, including Councilman David Moore, covered Main Street and Central Avenue. Moore chairs the city’s Beautification Committee, which works on various projects in Mount Holly throughout the year. The committee started partnering with the foundation on the revitalization effort two years ago.

The revitalization effort happened to take place on “Make a Difference Day,” the largest national day of community service. An estimated 3 million people participated in “Make a Difference Day,” sponsored by USA Weekend magazine in partnership with HandsOn Network and Newman’s Own.

Moore said the downtown Mount Holly project brings the community together. Many volunteers are the first ones to arrive and last ones to leave. They work hard to spruce up the city and when spring comes, they will do it all over again.

“It brings a little happiness to the storefront,” Moore said. “It is always good to have that little extra there, and it adds to the downtown.”

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