Here is just one example of the many beautification projects that the City of Bay St. Louis' Beautification Department has been involved with. Below is an article from the Sun Herald.
After reading the below article from the Sun Herald, if you would like learn more about America Responds With Love and activities taking place not only here in Bay St. Louis, but throughout the state of Mississippi, you can click on this Press Release link for more details.
Organization to supply flowers on Coast
In a few weeks, lilies, berries, elephant ears and other flowers will be in full bloom in a few towns across the Gulf Coast with the help of a national non-profit organization, America Responds With Love.
The organization, based in Valley Forge, Pa., specializes in helping communities across the nation, particularly those that have been devastated by a natural disaster. The bulbs will be planted in communities throughout Harrison and Hancock counties.
"It's important for people to look forward," said Richard McDonough, president of America Responds With Love, Inc. "Within about six weeks, you can change the landscape, it's about helping people enhance their communities."
McDonough said his organization has been sponsoring projects in Mississippi for several years.
"You wouldn't know it, but many of the flowers growing in Bay St. Louis at different times have been from us," he said. "It makes the area more attractive. It won't solve everything, but it gives people an opportunity to be productive."
McDonough said depending on the community, garden clubs, volunteers or city employees plant the bulbs.
"It goes beyond simply having the area look pretty, in some places this is specifically done for people to go out and get exercise," McDonough said. "It's even good from an educational standpoint, it teaches people how things grow."
The coastal communities are part of a statewide initiative, which includes more than 1 million flower bulbs being planted in 21 towns and cities across Mississippi. McDonough said Petal, a town near Hattiesburg that sustained severe damage during a EF-4 tornado in February, is one storm-ravaged area that will receive flowers.
"Our view is to help those who have fallen down get back up," McDonough said.
Communities were chosen to participate based on applications or recommendations.
The Mississippi Municipal League, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, the Mississippi Beverage Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are also working with America Responds With Love on the project.