"Making A Difference" group cleans up the streets of Nacogodoches

"Making A Difference" group cleans up the streets of Nacogodoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - While most people were still in bed at 8 A.M. on Saturday morning, members of MAD were awake,  picking up trash off of the streets of their community.

"I feel like God brought us together as people that are willing to get out here and do things in the community," said MAD member Damion Yarbough. "We're not going to see anybody else doing it for us, so we're trying to get out here and do it for ourselves."

This wasn't the first time MAD has cleaned up parks and streets in Nacogdoches, and it certainly won't be the last. MAD is here to do exactly what their name stands for.

"MAD stands for "making a difference" and we even have a slogan, the world's gone mad even we should too," explained MAD member Donte Green.

By "going MAD", the small group has bonded together to bring about a positive change in the Nacogdoches African American community. Through their service acts, they hope to teach their fellow citizens what good works can do for a society.

"When you get out and clean up trash in your community, you understand the value of work, you understand the value of land," Green said. "You humble yourself, because you have to be humble to pick up trash you didn't put down."

"I grew up in the projects, I grew up in a bad neighborhood and I wish I knew what I know now," said MAD member Denise Jones.

MAD also hopes to shape the next generation by getting their children involved in community service.

 "We show them the positive things that we can do," Yarbough explained. "Once they grow up, and if we're not able to continue to do this, they'll continue the legacy and build from where we started."

MAD said they believe there is a lot of negativity when it comes to their community, but through their positivity, they think their small group can make a big difference.

"We all believe love can conquer all things, and no matter who you are, it's okay to love yourself and believe in yourself," Green said. "M-A-D, let's make a difference."

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