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Charlotte’s Hornets Nest Park gets cleaning

Cadet members of the World Mission Society Church of God  to remove a broken low-hanging pine tree limb, carrying it to a debris pile Sunday, March 15, .2015, during the annual “Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign for the Passover” at Hornets Nest Park in Charlotte. More than 50 volunteers raked leaves and debris, removed broken limbs, picked picked up sticks and put out mulch during their Sunday cleanup.
Cadet members of the World Mission Society Church of God to remove a broken low-hanging pine tree limb, carrying it to a debris pile Sunday, March 15, .2015, during the annual “Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign for the Passover” at Hornets Nest Park in Charlotte. More than 50 volunteers raked leaves and debris, removed broken limbs, picked picked up sticks and put out mulch during their Sunday cleanup. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Clad in bright yellow shirts and blue vests, volunteers from World Mission Society Church of God spent Sunday morning beautifying a popular north Charlotte park.

More than 65 volunteers cleaned Hornets Nest Park as part of the Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign for the Passover, which is celebrated by the church’s international locations.

“It’s a very important park in Charlotte, and we wanted to help get it ready for spring,” said Marshall Faraday, one of the event’s organizers.

The church was founded in Korea in 1964 and has more than 2,000 churches in more than 150 countries.

Throughout the morning, volunteers leveled mulch and picked up trash by the water, ultimately filling 60 bags with trash.

Angela Hill, who has been a member of the church for nine years, said she understands what a difference a clean park can make for families. She said she regularly takes her three children to Hornets Nest Park.

Hill, 32, said she gets worried when she takes her family to the park and sees that there is “trash everywhere.”

“I’m really excited to be able to help out,” she said.

Faraday noted that the park is very popular among local residents, with many seeing it as a destination park for Frisbee golf.

He said Sunday’s event was a great way to bond with other church members.

“The highlight of the day is working together,” he said. “When you work together, you really feel more like you need each other.”

But more than that, volunteer Curtis Bowens, 30, said, it’s a great way to carry the message of God.

“When I think about Christ, all he did was help others,” he said. “We want to show the glory of God by making our neighbors happy and taking care of the environment.”

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