The City of Savannah came together with about 100 volunteers Saturday morning, to clean-up homeless camps in the city.
The city says not only does the project help improve the area's safety and cleanliness for residents there, but the volunteers will save some $10K in tax payer dollars that would been designated for a clean-up business to come in.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, People Helping People, Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, Savannah Christian Church, and St. Michael's Church all sent their help to the camp areas below the Talmadge Bridge beginning at 9 a.m.
"It's a lot of people putting us down, as they were going around the bridge, because of the area being such a mess," says Heather Oullette.
Oullette lives on site. Saturday morning, she had help with her yard work.
"It was like a relief off my shoulders," Oullette says.
It took tireless shoveling and bagging from workers in order to make up for 25 years of garbage at the camp site.
Oullette says she is just grateful for the help her neighborhood is finally getting.
"It's like an apartment. I don't like anything messy," she says. "I've been trying to get this area clean since we've been up here."
She says her neighbors know her as "Mama Bear.' When the garbage cans rolled in with Savannahians is tow, she acted as the spokesman for her community at the camp.
"It means a whole bunch," she says.
Volunteers who dedicated their day to the area were happy to help.
"I just think that it's well worth it for the citizens here just to take an interest to do things that matter," Sala Menaya says. "It's not just about housing. It's not just about the food. It's about all of it, so I think it's really important."
In the end, Oullette will take pride in her community as she thanks Savannah for taking out the trash.
The city plans to weigh the garbage, and will reveal just how many tons were collected next week. They plan to spread this effort throughout Savannah, to reach out to other homeless sites in the area next.
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