Dozens volunteer to clean Bryan Park on MLK Day

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)  - On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dozens of kids and adults showed up in forced to clean up parks and other areas in Richmond. Bright and early, many of them ended up volunteering on this "Day On, Not a Day Off" at Bryan Park.

"I want to save the world," exclaimed 4th grader Lindsey Dance. She, along with several other kids, were out cleaning up the park. "A lot of people come out here to clean up. So, I think we are going to pick up a lot."

Also out today was mother of two, Jessica Forsythe. "What better way than to clean up your local parks and get the kids involved. They can run around and get rid of some energy and do something good for the community at the same time."

Jessica, was out with other moms and dads helping teach their kids a lesson of work on this day when those kids would normally be in school.

"It's the beginning of the year and it's a good reminder for the rest of the year to consider serving," added Jessica.

On the trash clean up, the kids and adults found a lot of random trash. But, one interesting item was found: a cell phone. The kid who found out was pretty psyched and he ended up taking the phone home with him. A treasure he found, in the midst of trash.

Whether you come out just today and no other time year, or you always volunteer, this is a good example to set, Jessica said. "If we are doing it one day, it's better than no days."

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