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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:04 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

The community is invited to participate in a massive park cleanup project on Saturday in Lodi and Galt.

More than 300 local men, women and children from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will participate in the effort, called Mormon Helping Hands, in which volunteers will clean up parks and other public places.

In Lodi, volunteers will help clean the Grape Bowl, Kofu Park, Tony Zupo Field, Lodi High School, the Lodi softball complex, and the Lodi Public Library, and landscape the corner of Lodi Avenue and Cherokee Lane.

Church members in Galt will paint the Galt High School football stadium, buildings in four city parks and the Valley Oaks Grange Hall on C Street.

"It was a great opportunity to work together and see the results," said Linda Weeks, who, along with her husband, Dave, is coordinating the Lodi effort.

Galt coordinator Beverly Cooper said, "It is a wonderful time to serve our community. It makes us feel good."

The Mormon Helping Hands program was established in 1998, and in the last decade, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have donated millions of hours of service all over the world.

Anyone is welcome to join the project on Saturday. Watch for the people dressed in yellow "Helping Hands" vests.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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7 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 5:12 pm on Tue, Apr 26, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Bechill, thanks to you, the LDS church, Unity Project and other community based organizations and church groups, Lodi does stay much cleaner. Thank you!

     
  • Bob Bechill posted at 2:27 pm on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    Bob Bechill Posts: 41

    Nice story and good move by all of the volunteers. The weather should cooperate.

    I make it a habit of picking up trash during my morning walks. Helps stretches the old muscles and also keeps the city just a little bit cleaner.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:45 am on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I am thankful that anyone would give of their time to make things better... I think it is good to model for others how things should be... set an example for positive behavior... rather than sit on their porch watching others do what they should have done themselves.

     
  • teri jones posted at 10:32 am on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    teri jones Posts: 12

    Robert,
    It sounds to me like the local Mormon churches in this area making an effort to clean up our public areas. I think Kevin is right. I do not think they are looking for public praise or recognition. They are looking for help. I think that the good lord would not look down on such an effort, and I feel that the passage you refer to speaks more to monetary giving. These folks are not boasting, in my opinion, but are trying to make things better for ALL people of Lodi and Galt. It is very sad that our parks get so messed up in the first place. It is a travesty that people are not teaching their children to respect public properties. Here in Galt, I am embarrassed by the graffiti that is plastered all over our local "nature trail". Many elderly people use that path on a daily basis and it breaks my heart that they have to see such blatant disrespect displayed. The city of Galt makes a gallant effort to keep cleaning it up, only to have it reappear the very next day. Maybe you should change your wording to say that you have a problem with this instead of "we"... I do not see anyone else complaining about the clean up being done.

     
  • Robert Molle posted at 9:53 am on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    Robert Molle Posts: 42

    At least they will be off their Mountain bikes and away from my porch during this time.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:37 am on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Robert, you may have missed it but the very first sentence of the article explains why your assessment is faulty. "The community is invited to participate in a massive park cleanup project on Saturday in Lodi and Galt."

    This is not bragging but rather a call to the community to come help for an event that has not happened yet.

     
  • Robert Jacobs posted at 7:15 am on Mon, Apr 25, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I'm not sure if the Mormon church contacted the press about this or the press just decided to do this story. However, if it's indeed the former than we have a problem.

    Because the bible says, pray and give in secret, and your father in heaven will reward you openly, otherwise you have your reward.

     

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