Kinston Teens host fall cleanup event following Hurricane Florence


The youth led non-profit organization Kinston Teens hosted their fall clean up event Saturday.

“This is an event we just love to do for our community,” said Chris Suggs, founder of Kinston Teens. “We love cleaning up our community and being actively involved and encouraging other people to get involved.”

The cleanup event started off with a prayer for the day of service and for the city being served.

Volunteers gathered at Southeast Park, got their supplies and got to work picking up litter and debris throughout the city.

The event led by 18-year-old, Chris Suggs, could not come at a better time.

“After Hurricane Florence kind of devastated Kinston and our surrounding communities we felt like it was so important to have an event like this to bring people out and make sure our community recovers and cleans back up,” he said.

“Just to see the aftermath of Hurricane Florence that you know we are out here putting in work and we are out here doing the best for our community,” said Keosha Arnold, 16, member of the non-profit.

Arnold says she wants to see her peers take pride in the city of Kinston just like the many volunteers who came out to help are doing.

“Most teens my age would be sitting at home in their bed playing video games, and I’m out here cleaning my city and my neighborhoods and you know I feel as though it’s something every teen should be doing,” she said. 

“It’s so important for us as young people because this is our community, and we are the future of this community, so you know we have to start investing in our community at a early age,” said Suggs. “We have to start building our pride and our care for Kinston because we are the future of it,” he said. 

The event was not just for teens but for all ages.

“They bring us all together, all for a common goal and that’s cleaning up Kinston,” said Suggs.

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