The wind was brisk and the volunteers were buried under layers of hats, gloves, coats and jackets. If one didn’t know the event was called the Fall Cleanup, they would think it was winter, but regardless of the cool weather, volunteers from various groups in Macon came to Lynmore Estates this Saturday morning, November 15th to help clean up the neighborhood for this quarter. The groups which were represented were: Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, members of Countryside Baptist Church, Lynmore Estates community leadership, Southwest High School’s Beta Club, Central High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, and Mercer University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. Beginning at 9am at Southside Community Church and ending around 11:30 for lunch at Countryside Baptist Church, the neighborhood cleanup was a whir of success. Split up into four teams, the volunteers went to the streets of Lynmore Estates and swept up the trash using gloves, garbage bags, and grabbers by the time lunch came around.
Along with the success of this event, there were other events in the neighborhood which were simultaneously being kicked off. One of these events was a soup kitchen and clothing bank hosted by Countryside Baptist Church where residents of Lynmore Estates were able to receive bags of groceries and clothes they may not be able to otherwise afford. Also, there was a visit from the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) who presented to the crowd the dangers of lead paint and how to identify if your house has been painted with lead paint. Multiple brochures addressing the subject of lead poisoning and how to keep your family safe were made available at the GDPH exhibit table including a sign-up sheet for more information. Overall, today was a busy day in Lynmore Estates and one of abundant giving. Whether it was giving one’s time to the cleanup, giving food to those who attended the soup kitchen, or giving information to the public about lead poisoning, there was a strong presence of community support and care in Lynmore Estates which many residents were not afraid to tell volunteers that they appreciated.
The following are some images taken from the event:
The above are the soup kitchen and clothing bank lines.
The above are images from the cleanup.
The above are images of the GDPH's table and representative, Luo Munoz.