Olive Branch teens help clean up blight - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Olive Branch teens help clean up blight

(WMC-TV) - Students who belong to Life Fellowship Church in Olive Branch are spending their spring break cleaning up Memphis' inner city and creating a beautiful garden in the process.

The group is turning an old eyesore into a neighborhood's new beginning.

They've been working since Sunday, getting rid of tall grass, branches and other things that have made the area look bad.

"We are going to make a garden out here for the people over here and what we are doing is clearing it out so we can make a big beautiful garden," said 16-year-old Kayla Andrada.

And talk of turning the old lot into a new garden has longtime residents in the neighborhood excited.

"I think it's real nice," said neighbor Joseph Brown. "I think it's helping the community."

"I think the community sees what is going on here and they see that people care about them, that we're their neighbors," said Jeff Hawkins, youth pastor at Life Fellowship Church. "We may be across the border down in Mississippi, but we care about what's going on in Memphis. We care about this neighborhood."

It's just the first project for the church's young workers. Plans are already underway to clean up eyesores around the city."

Students say their message is when you clean up an area, you improve it.

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