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The 29th Annual Billy Sandifer Cleanup is set for Saturday February 24th at 8am at Padre Island National Seashore!

We need volunteers with 4x4’s and utility trailers to transport volunteers to and from the work area. Those with experience in beach driving will be the first to leave the staging area at the Malaquite Beach Visitor’s Center parking lot as early as 7am for sections possibly going 40 miles down the beach. Volunteers are encouraged to recruit others with 4wd vehicles as we cannot guarantee all walk in volunteers will be be provided rides. For more information email Tyler Thorsen at Tylerthor44@gmail.com or call 361-779-3044!

28th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup 2023 Results are in!

 The official numbers are in and the 2023 event was the best ever! Thanks to our 2500 volunteers we were able to remove 40 tons of trash and cleaned 32 miles of beach from the 18 mile mark to the 50 mile mark. Thanks to all of our sponsors and all of you that came out and absolutely delivered!

Captain Billy Sandifer 6/11/1947 - 3/31/2018 "Life's a hoot. Get you some of it!"

Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tylerthor44@gmail.com or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 15,425 volunteers have removed 3,202,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


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