HAMMONTON - Dozens of volunteers gathered in Hammonton on Saturday to participate in the annual cleanup of Downtown Hammonton.

“Look at all the people who want to help, it’s wonderful” said Jackie Cappuccio, outreach chair for MainStreet Hammonton, as she helped sign in volunteers for the cleanup.

Volunteers included local schoolchildren, churches and Stockton University staff and students.

All volunteers were given bright yellow shirts for safety, gloves, pickers and trash bags. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority donated all the shirts and equipment for the event.

The volunteers broke into several groups and each group was then assigned a “zone” that they were responsible for cleaning. Zones included Bellevue Avenue, Front Street and along the railroad tracks.

Several members of Victory Bible Church volunteered to help in the cleanup after hearing about the event through the church.

Luke Clee, a member of Victory Bible Church, decided to volunteer because he thought it was “a fun way to get involved in the community.”

Flower planting had also been planned for Saturday, but was rescheduled for Saturday, May 7, to make sure that the flowers would not be killed by cold weather.

For more information on the cleanups and to volunteer, call (609) 567-9014.

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