Instead of flowers, some tombstones of lost loved ones are covered with weeds measuring up to three feet tall at the Alice Collins Cemetery. To help the cemetery look its best, the Alice Collins Cemetery Committee is having a Cemetery Clean Up on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Ida Herrera, committee member, said many of the graves in the older section of the cemetery (established in the 1800's) have families that have left the area or whose descendants are elderly and unable to go clean.
She said neither the City of Alice or Jim Wells County are responsible for cleaning the cemetery.
"This is why we are asking the people of Alice to come out and help us with this task," Herrera said.
The Cemetery Committee is made up of about a dozen dedicated volunteers, but Herrera said the committee has about half of that number of people who help regularly. Water and snacks will be provided for volunteers.
"We need many more local volunteers with equipment," she said. "We have some equipment but not for 20 people. Please bring chain saws, lawnmowers or weed eaters to help."
The committee is inviting all churches, youth groups, civic clubs and local businesses to participate and make a difference.
"The more hands we have, the more we can do," she said.
For more information, call or text, Kookie 701-3469 or Ida 701-5458.