Pounds of trash collected as part of MLK Jr. Day of Service

Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 3:27 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Volunteers consisting of Peoria firefighters, Peoria Police officers, city employees, and the PeoriaCorps spent time on the South Side of the city picking up trash.

They started at Fire Station Four on South Western Avenue and worked their way up and down a few blocks cleaning up trash on the sidewalks and on vacant property.

The loads collected were then picked up to be either recycled or disposed of.

25News caught up with one of the volunteers, Leah Allison, the Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Peoria, and here’s why she says she decided to help out, ”it’s very rewarding to help others. It just makes you feel very proud to be a part of the Peoria community. I think it’s an important part of the community. It’s kind of a great way to show that we care about any neighborhood in Peoria, but this area specifically needed a little bit of a cleanup.”

In total, the volunteers picked up more than 50 large trash bags on Tuesday.

Afterward, they enjoyed a reception at the PeoriaCorps headquarters to thank them for their time.