The morning of July 20, 2013 held Lynmore Estates' second Neighborhood Clean-up event of this summer. It was held from 8am to noon, and was packed full with volunteers, cleaning supplies, collecting trash, and who can forget the gnats? Overall, it was a very organized event and extremely successful. In the morning, upon arrival, volunteers would meet at the Southside Community Family Center for sign-up and were divided into street teams. As those teams dispersed, I as the photographer had a lot of work set up for me. I followed groups, capturing the hard work they put into making Lynmore Estates beautiful. When called upon by Miss Sundra or other leaders of the event, I raced up and down streets which I only knew the names of, trying to capture all that I could with two cameras in hand and two legs to run on. A lot of running was involved and tired me out by the time we had lunch at Countryside Baptist Church near the end of the event. Regardless of the hard work, I was astounded by the progress made in Lynmore Estates and glad to see all of the fire department officers dedicated to the fire prevention blitz in memory of those lost in the Caffee family fire in June.
I met many neighbors who I never knew before on my endeavors and explored streets I had last visited at the age of twelve when I would ride my bike through the neighborhood, of course back when homework wasn't so demanding of me. For the first time in the longest of times, I was able to see Lynmore Estates for what it is today. From four years ago to July 20, 2013, the neighborhood has grown, homes becoming more and more beautiful, the people more friendly and happy to help with the community, and a better and safer place for residents to live. The event was an eye opener for me despite living in Lynmore Estates for five years. I saw our community come together as a solid force wanting to see change happen where it was needed and provide for a neighborhood which deserves to keep moving forward. In the end, when we collected 333 trash bags, filling three massive dumpsters with trash collected, it showed how great Lynmore Estates can be when we come together as more than just neighbors. We raised over a $1000 just by caring about where we live and showing Macon, GA we are here and improving day by day.