MODESTO - Thousands of volunteers turned up for the Love Modesto event Saturday morning in an effort to improve quality of life around the city.
After a rally at 8:00am in downtown Modesto, several breakout groups ventured across the city with various volunteer projects. About 65 of those volunteers met in South Modesto to clean up debris and trash throughout the neighborhood.
The event was an opportunity to get to know neighbors and unify the community, but also to beautify the neighborhood according to Evelyn Mejia, who was part of the South Modesto cleanup efforts.
"They're really bad," Mejia said of the cluttered alleyways. "People just come and dump stuff like trash."
The group started in an alleyway near Eureka Street and Amador Avenue picking up litter and moving south through the alleys. Some had discarded tires, clothing, trash and even abandoned cars that had been vandalized or stripped down. Volunteers brought pickup trucks to load all the trash and tires to be hauled away.
The effort gave the volunteers a sense of pride.
"Someone is gonna walk through here and ask what happened," one volunteer explained.
Since it's beginning, the event has brought an estimated 90,000 people donating about 315,000 volunteer hours.
For more information and future events, you can visit www.lovemodesto.com