Community comes together for "Arroyo Cleanup Campaign"

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Updated: 10/21/2012 10:45 pm
The Guadalupe Neighborhood Association broke out the gloves and gardening tools this weekend for its "Arroyo Cleanup Campaign", a project the association took on about five years ago.

"We started noticing that the area here has been pretty much neglected," Member Carlos Quirino Jr. said. "We saw there was a lot of debris, trash, and other things like slabs of concrete that had been left over from the tornado."

Quirino said they have made it their mission to preserve the beauty of the Guadalupe neighborhood.

"We really feel like this area is part of our neighborhood, and we felt like we needed to put more attention to it, in cleaning it and making it better," Quirino said.

It was a group effort, with volunteers from the Hispanic voter group La Fuerza, Texas Tech and the city lending a helping hand.

"What it boils down to is it's community," Texas Tech student Chase Taylor said. "It's community involvement. You've got people from all walks of life coming out here, joining together for a common cause. It's an enriching experience, it really is. Both for the community and the environment."

Taylor said it is a testament to the community of Lubbock.

"You truly couldn't ask for better people. Everybody wants to be sleeping in or doing something else," Taylor said, "and you come out here, and it's cold this morning, and everybody pulls together and says a prayer and has a good time cleaning up. There's nothing more you could ask for."

"We're just surprised that, you know, we've had that support from all areas of the city," Quirino said. "I think it says a lot because this area is not just Guadalupe residents' area, it's an area for all of the people that live here in Lubbock."

Quirino said he is pleased with the progress made this weekend, and expects their next cleanout session to be sometime in February or March.
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