With repair work under way to repair the tornado-damaged Blanket school district, the City of Blanket is preparing for a project of its own.

That project is the community-wide cleanup, which will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

It’s not the first such cleanup in Blanket, but it’s larger and better organized than previous cleanups. It’s been several years since the last one.

The city has rented roll-off containers from Progressive Waste, and five of the containers will be placed near the entrance to down in the area of U.S. Highway 67/377 and FM 1467. Another container will be placed in an area that's been used as an unofficial dump site people have used — Main and Avenue I.

We congratulate the city for its proactive effort. City Secretary Rose Wigham noted that the mayor and city council have encouraged residents to clean up property, so the city is creating an opportunity for residents to do just that.

We also congratulate those Blanket residents who have already made plans to participate. The phone at City Hall has been “ringing off the wall” with calls from people who want to be part of the cleanup, Wigham said.

We like that spirit of community and can-do, and we urge residents who haven’t already made plans to participate to do so. We especially urge the residents who received letters from City Hall, suggesting they take advantage of the opportunity, to do so.

Their property will look better, the city will look better and those residents will avoid unwelcome citations from the city later.

We agree with Wigham, who said the spirit of the cleanup is “contagious. … it makes you feel better.”