Despite frigid temperatures, MLK Day outdoor clean-up goes on in Wilmington

Volunteers picked up trash and debris along 4th Street in Wilmington Monday before the Martin Luther King Day Peace March, which was followed by a celebration at Be Ready Jesus Is Coming Church.

Volunteers bundled up in heavy coats, hats, scarves and gloves Monday to take on a neighborhood clean-up project for Martin Luther King Day.

Several hours before the Seventh Peace March, nearly 20 people targeted several blocks along 4th Street on January 21, 2019. They removed bags of trash as well as items ranging from an old tire to a large chunk of building insulation.

The clean-up was organized by the Delaware Nature Society. 

"We're finding lots of plastic, plastic bags, single-use bottles, things like that someone might toss out of their car and wash down the street if there's a big rainstorm," Willa Rowan of Philadelphia said.

"It's part of our bigger initiative for clean water and to keep trash out of the waterways," Ginger North of the Delaware Nature Society said.

Volunteers also took note of any graffiti they spotted along the way. They will provide the information to the City of Wilmington for further action.

Terrance Vann of Wilmington also lent a hand. 

"The community always needs some support so it's worth it to be out here in the chilliness, just to give back," Vann said.

The Peace March is now hosted annually by West Side Grows Together, Wilmington Peacekeepers, 302 Guns Down / Guerilla Republic, and #itsnotok.

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.