Free supplies to clean up neighborhood

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Community groups are often out cleaning up neighborhoods but sometimes they need some extra resources. Montgomery county is stepping in to help.

A group on a mission trip from Tennessee is helping to clean up a north Dayton neighborhood. All of the supplies they’re using are free of charge thanks to Montgomery county.

Fourteen year old Drew Dove is spending part of his summer vacation picking up trash.

“It’s cool and there’s a breeze. It’s not blistering hot,” explains Drew Dove.

Perfect weather to weed, mow the grass and clean up vacant properties along Troy Street.
Hope Community church put on this project to add a little pride to its neighborhood.

Randy Chestnut Pastor of Hope Community Church says, “If they look around and see lawns aren’t mowed and trash is around. When people drive through north Dayton we want people to know that this is a community we’re proud of.”

A project like this would normal cost a lot of money in equipment and supplies but thanks to Montgomery County’s neighborhood pride trailer everything is free.

Brian Fowls with Montgomery County Environmental Services says, “We stock it with everything you need. From the fuel to the trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers everything comes to you free of charge with these trailers.”

The trailer was first put into circulation due to a grant from the Ohio EPA. Now Montgomery county is covering the cost to upkeep the supplies. Almost three thousand volunteers have used the trailer about 30 times this summer around Montgomery county. Volunteers like Drew Dove who just want to make a difference.

Dove says, “Because helping people is the right thing to do and it’s really great to see people smile.”

There are two trailers available. The community trailer is used for larger groups and projects while the neighborhood trailer is used for smaller projects. Both are available to be reserved. If you’re interested you can go to http://www.kmcbohio.org or call 225-4999. Montgomery County will drop the trailer off and pick it up free of charge.

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