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‘I Love Charlotte Limpia’ cleans up on Saturday

By Franco Ordoñez
Washington Correspondent

Hundreds of Latinos will hit Charlotte streets Saturday to help clean the city.

An expected 500 volunteers with garbage bags are expected to take part in the eighth annual citywide cleanup – “I Love Charlotte Limpia” – organized by Jesus Ministry. The advocacy-group’s leader, Maudia Melendez, said the goal is to give back to the community, educate local Latinos on environmental practices, and demonstrate that immigrants are committed to being contributing members of society.

“This is important,” Melendez said. “This is the city where we live. Our children are growing up here. Our families go to church here. This is home.”

On Saturday, teams of volunteers will be dispatched to more than a half-dozen sections of the city, including uptown, Elizabeth Avenue, Central Avenue, North Tryon and South Boulevard to pick up litter and recyclables.

Melendez also is encouraging local churches to participate. She says cleaning just a few blocks can make a big difference.

“If we have 10 people from every church,” she said, “and we have 100 churches, that’d be 1,000 people helping clean the city.”

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