Neighborhood group takes part in Spring Clean-up Day

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Many took advantage of the nice weather Saturday, and residents in west Jonesboro did so by spring cleaning. Elmer Brown takes pride in his community and has been a member of the West End Neighborhood Association ever since it started. Saturday, Brown spent the day volunteering at the organization's Spring Clean-up Day.

"Looks like this year the neighborhood is participating a lot more," said volunteer Elmer Brown. For the past 24 years, Brown has called the west-end of Jonesboro his home. "This was originally the residential area of Jonesboro. This is where everyone lived," said Brown.

It's an area he and other's in the West End Neighborhood Association want to restore. Brown spent the morning riding around the neighborhood with his grandson Mitchell Blackwell. Both volunteering their time to provide waste disposal curbside pick-up for elderly or disabled neighbors.

"There's no way that they can get rid of this on their own," said Brown. He collected everything from couches to old swing sets. Then took it back to the Huntington Building, where volunteers were on hand to separate items and stack up the garbage. On a mission to make a difference in the community. "We live here. We live in this area and we want to continue, instead of running this side of town down, we want to build it up," said Brown.

Brown wasn't the only one volunteering today, about 70 volunteers helped out at the Huntington Building unloading waste people dropped off. This is the second year the West End Neighborhood Association has put on a Spring Cleanup Day. In all the group collected 10 tons of waste, two hundred and fifteen tires, and a half a roll of scrap metal.

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