About 100 volunteers pitched in April 28 during the Make Gahanna Yours inaugural Cleaner Green Gahanna anti-litter initiative.

Becky Kneeland, chairwoman for the nonprofit Make Gahanna Yours, said volunteers, ranging from senior citizens to toddlers, gathered at Friendship Park near Olde Gahanna before being dispatched to various parts of the city on a mission of eradicating litter.

"This citywide cleanup event was the latest initiative of Make Gahanna Yours," Kneeland said. "Volunteers were given vests, bags and gloves to help them that day, and T-shirts courtesy of local insurance agent Lew Griffin, to remember their effort so they'll be ready to help again when the next cleanup drive is scheduled."

She said initial numbers show 100 bags of trash at an estimated weight of 1,500 pounds were collected.

A total of 12.75 miles of roadway were cleaned in two hours, Kneeland said.

"We had an amazing team of Gahanna residents, plus a couple of visitors, that helped us clean up over 12 miles of Gahanna roadways," said Tom Kneeland, Gahanna mayor. "These were roads that visitors see every time they drive through Gahanna, and we only get one chance to make that great first impression. Thank you, team 'Cleaner Greener Gahanna.' "

Make Gahanna Yours is an all-volunteer, citizen-driven committee organized to identify and carry out projects that beautify Gahanna, increase desirability of the community to future residents and businesses and promote quality of life.

For information on other projects or how to volunteer, visit www.makegahannayours.com.