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Brookstown day of service

5 years ago September 11, 2009 Sep 11, 2009 Friday, September 11 2009 Friday, September 11, 2009 4:34:52 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

Nearly 100 volunteers swarmed the streets of Brookstown to attack long overlooked blight as part of President Obama's call to service.

The day of service is in remembrance of the lives lost eight years ago during the 9/11 attacks.

Volunteers tackled some of the biggest messes in the neighborhood armed with trash bags, lawn mowers, and weed whackers. They tamed unruly yards much to the delight of residents.

"Thank God!," said Mary Kinman, a resident of the neighborhood for close to 40 years. "Its horrible when people take things and just throw it on the ground. Pick up behind yourself, we shouldn't have to have them come out here."

Harriett Sparks had been a homeowner in Brookstown for over 30 years and hopes the new look will stick.

"We have very few homeowners like myself and we have a lot of renters and that's what's really pulling things down," said Sparks.

Sparks was most impressed that the volunteers braved the elements to get the work done.

"Just do what you gotta do," said Telia Goudeau a volunteer from Healing Place Church, "we're all about serving so we're gonna do it no matter what the weather is."

The New Orleans Hornets organization joined Healing Place Church and others to clean up Brookstown. Healing Place plans to carry the day of service over an extra day and will hold a block party for the neighborhood on Saturday.

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