A Big Thank You to Hundreds of Clean-Up Volunteers

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While most volunteers were picking up trash, others were serving in Oasis rooms, taking care of young children so their parents could participate. And others distributed water, helped dispatch teams to different locations, and worked security.

Laura Bolain participated with her home group and says it was a fun morning. She says some of the team focused on small items while the others worked to clear space in front of a dumpster so it could be emptied. She said when they all met up later, they agreed it was gratifying to see they made a visible difference for the better.

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Many parents brought their older kids along, saying it was great to have an opportunity to serve together as a family, along with their friends. Kristin Ratliff and her kids volunteered. She says, "Serving with my friends and seeing my kids get into the whole thing really made it a great time."

This time of year students are moving out of rental housing from the previous school year, and leave behind a large amount of trash, furniture, and other belongings. This event was timed to help take care of that debris.

Best of all, several people were able to talk to folks in the neighborhood, sharing that the love of God was their motivation. You can see a story on the clean-up from NBC4 at this link.