Coutney Colborn, a co-organizer of the cleanup and South Park resident, said people brought out their “vintage” South Park Cleanup T-shirts from years past. Each past year had its own color and so this year for the first time neighbors were out in all different colors, remembering good times from previous cleanups.
“It was such a nice day,” Colborn said. “People got out and I would really like to keep this up.”
South Park residents Sean and Cole Clark brought around their personal trailer to collect all the trash to take to the dump. Pre-coronavirus, the city of Dayton would arrange a special pick-up to take care of the trash.
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Throughout the at-home orders, the Clarks have taken numerous trips to the dump for neighbors, free-of-charge, who are doing some deep-cleaning during quarantine.
Coronavirus might have stopped some of the usual fun that happens during the cleanup, but Colborn said neighborhoods should remember that picking up trash can be a rewarding activity to get the family out of the house any day.
“It’s just a great way to give back to the neighborhood and to feel that community spirit even though we couldn’t do it together as a group,” Kennedy said. “I think it was a good activity to kind of renew our sense of purpose, our sense of community because so much of that is lost when you’re disconnected or just home by yourself.”
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