Published: Oct 24, 2010 2:26 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 23, 2010 11:26 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County inmates helped clean up nearly 23,000 pounds of trash from seven abandoned homeless camps in Port Charlotte.

"The debris collected in these areas was very labor intensive as it was scattered over a large area. Members of a local church  adjacent to a large, now abandoned camp, stated they were grateful for taking care of this community eyesore. One member even offered to help, however offer was not accepted but a heartfelt 'thank you' was given for the offer," said CCSO Environmental Deputy Billy Hatmaker.

The 15 inmates were supervised by two corrections officers during the 8 hour effort.

Hattmaker said this will be an ongoing cleanup project and the next camp cleanup will be announced soon.

(Photo courtesy Charlotte County Sheriff's Office)