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'Clean Sweep' ends the season with a final clean in University City

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Nearly 100 volunteers came out Saturday morning to participate in the 4th 'Clean Sweep' of the year, put on by Better Family Life and Habitat for Humanity. (Credit: KMOV) Nearly 100 volunteers came out Saturday morning to participate in the 4th 'Clean Sweep' of the year, put on by Better Family Life and Habitat for Humanity. (Credit: KMOV)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Despite the chilly temperatures Saturday morning, it did not stop hundreds of volunteers from getting outside to help clean up neighborhood streets in University City.

This was the 4th clean up of the year for members of a program called "Clean Sweep" put on by Better Family Life and Habitat for Humanity.  

"It's a little chilly out, so we probably have about 100 people working today, which is great because we weren't sure what we were going to get," said Avis McHugh, with Habitat for Humanity.

This project is completely volunteer driven. Participants of all ages help clean up neighborhoods throughout St. Louis City by raking up leaves, picking up trash and branches, cutting down dead trees and picking out weeds from vacant lots. 

University City Councilman Rod Jennings said he was thrilled to have this effort come to his ward.

"I drive down the streets all the time and I see that there's been dumping, there's been overgrowth, so I've pressed and compelled the city to bring some resources to this area," said Jennings. 

These volunteers come from all over the city, not just the neighborhood being served.

"This is not my neighborhood. I live in Florissant, but anywhere you go to serve the community will help the outlook on everyone else," said Brenda Marshall, a first time volunteer.

"We're not just our teenie, tiny little pockets. A lot of St. Louisans tend to stay in their little circles. I'm guilty of that sometimes myself, but it's our greater community," said Harper Zielonko, a volunteer and staff member of Habitat for Humanity. "A little beautification goes such a long way."

The "Clean Sweep" project will pick back up again next year in May. 

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