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Community joins together to clean up Ferguson

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Volunteers cleaned up West Florissant on Monday morning. Volunteers cleaned up West Florissant on Monday morning.

Volunteers of all ages and colors joined together in Ferguson on Monday morning to kick off a community-wide clean up effort.

"I thought it'd be cool to come out and help the greater good of everything," said Maggie Lovins, a volunteer.

In a community known for its racial divide, a diverse group of volunteers gathered at the site of the burned down QuikTrip to push for a positive change. The QuikTrip lot was donated to the Urban League as the site for a new training and community center.

"It's a good community effort and it looks like everyone's coming together in a positive manor," said Donald Stevens, a Ferguson resident.

Volunteers and community leaders descended on West Florissant at 8:30 a.m. Monday to sweep up the streets and pick up trash before the August 9 anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.'s death.

"I think this is perfect to do it now, so when the anniversary comes, Ferguson is neat and clean and beautiful, the way it was and the way it should be," said Gwenndolyn Lee.

Organizers said the goal of the even was to literally and figuratively clean up the community.

"It's unfortunate that it's taken this long, in my opinion, to get this work done, but it's never too late. I'm glad I'm here," said Thomas Mihalezo. "It shows that people care about this place. We're all St. Louisians, so I think you can see that today."

Participants hope the event will shift the focus on Ferguson to a positive one.

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