Volunteers gather to take out the garbage

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Westside residents and friends from the surrounding communities came out to beautify the area during the 22nd annual South Central Hilltop Cleanup held on May 4. For close to two hours, volunteers dodged recurring rain showers as they traveled up and down Sullivant Avenue and its connector streets and alleyways clearing hundreds of pounds of litter and debris found along the way. Organizer and founder Lisa Boggs said she was thankful for the continued support for the event as she hopes there will still be a passion to clean up this community even as she steps away from coordinator duties next year. “It is time to pass this event off to our younger generation,” she said. “We need them to speak up, to stand up, and continue to work to make this community a better and healthier place to live.”
Matthew King (a.k.a. The Recycling Guy) gets ready to pick up trash in his community. The vests and trash pickers were supplied by sponsor Keep Columbus Beautiful.
Even though the weight of the bag was causing tears in the material, Jim Boggs is all smiles as he hauls the collected trash away from Burroughs Avenue.
Friends Nick Chapman (left), Dakota Ream (middle) and Joseph Blevins (right), pose with the trash pickers. The trio traveled from Hilliard, Lancaster, and Grove City, respectively, to participate in the cleanup event.
Dean Smith throws another bag of collected trash onto the pile. The city of Columbus later came through to take the bags to the landfill.
Volunteer S. Kilpatrick picks up litter along Sullivant Avenue.
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