Montgomery gets city-wide spring cleaning

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One step outside and you probably heard them--lawn mowers, weed eaters.  They're the sounds of a spruce up.

"We're here to make it a better community," says Betsy Frost.

Frost along with others from the Friendship Mission in Montgomery cleaned up a neighborhood off Mobile Highway.

"Help pick up the trash for them, and help them cut their grass," she adds.

They're helping hands neighborhood residents appreciate.

"It makes it brighter down here," says J.J. Davis.

"I think it's a positive thing, ya know, them getting out here and cleaning up.  Because the people don't come to clean up too much. You got people riding through here throwing papers down," adds King Kailid.

As folks from the Friendship Mission gave back, they received, too.

Tina Carter and her fellow church members built a garden there.

"It's just in my heart to be here to give back to the Lord.  Doing the Lord's work, I enjoy it. It's just a beautiful day and I feel like he's put us here to do this for him," she says.

But the progress didn't stop.

Across town, a neglected city staple--Lincoln Cemetery--got some much needed tender love and care.

"If it was my family member, I would love for someone else to clean up where my loved one was buried," says Taylor Van Gilger.

Montgomery Clean City Commission directors say 10 projects were scheduled.

And while it looks like hard work, participants say it was worth it.

"You can see the reward that you get through the work that you've done," adds Will Thompson.

The city hopes to continue scheduling clean-up projects throughout the year. The next six weeks are already full.  Directors say someone donated 25,000 trash bags to the city to help in the efforts.

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