Faith-based clean up continues Sunday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Faith-based clean up continues Sunday

(WMC-TV) - More than 45,000 volunteers from 100 organizations are showing their faith in Memphis by joining Mayor AC Wharton in the first citywide, faith-based cleanup event.

"It's a real blessing," stated neighbor Graeling Duncan.

Castalia Baptist is one of dozens of churches and organizations who have been cleaning up the city over the weekend.

"We just believe as part of the community, we ought to help make it look a little better. At the same time, (we can) teach a good work ethic," explained Pastor Randolph Meade Walker.

Walker holds a doctorate in theology.

This comes after Mayor AC Wharton asked people of faith to join the fight against blight.

"I think that it's wonderful. They're doing a great job and I appreciate it," stated neighbor Towana Bobo.

Resident Graeling Duncan is also pleased with the progress.

"It's really nice what they're doing out here," exclaimed Duncan.

Pastor Randolph Meade Walker's congregation raked, scooped, and bagged trash in the South Memphis neighborhood around the church.

"I believe we can teach people (more about) working and the dignity of work, not just for a paycheck. Work is a producer of character," explained Walker.

Duncan told how she believes it sets a good example for the community.

"I look at it as an example of trying to keep the community clean," Duncan said.

"Not only are our members, our men, out here working, but we're showing the neighborhood that you can go and work, take pride in your community, beautify it, and make it a decent place to live," Walker said.

The pastor made clear this impacts the entire city.

"Hopefully, it'll give us the reputation of being a clean city. It'll give us the reputation of being an industrious city. It'll give us the reputation of being together," continued Walker.

Bobo is hoping this will catch on.

"Maybe they'll take pride in keeping it clean," Bobo said.

The cleanup continues Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Some of the committed organizations are as follows:

Saturday, October 26, 2013:

St Andrew AME Church: 120 volunteers

BRIDGES and Southwest Cemetery Association: 100 students 20 adults

Tabernacle of Praise Baptist Church: 100 volunteers

Tamble Terrace Neighborhood Watch & Wooddale Middle School: 63 volunteers

North Memphis CDC: 60 volunteers

Castalia Baptist Church: 55 volunteers

Pleasant Hill MB Church: 85 volunteers

Breath of Life Christian Center: unknown number of volunteers

Full information is available on participation in Sunday's event.

Sunday, October 27, 2013:

Memphis Adventist Ministerial Association: beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Cleaning Frayser Blvd & Dawn Drive & Westside Elementary School

65 volunteers

Lindenwood Girl Scout Troop # 10333: beginning at 4 p.m.

Meeting at 236 Stonewall

40 volunteers

Memphis Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist church: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cleaning near Jackson Elementary School and Shelby Center

35 volunteers

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