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Dozens clean up downtown Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Broken glass littered Gallatin Street in downtown Jackson.  Food wrappers and beer bottles could be found every few feet.   

"A bunch of glass, a few hubcaps and bottles and stuff.  That's basically what we're seeing so far," said Jimmy Smith of Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

This is not their mess, but volunteers from Colonial Heights Baptist and Harmony Baptist Churches along with folks from the neighborhood were cleaning it up Saturday.

"We have to be our brothers keeper.  That means whatever we see wrong, even though we didn't do it, we need to correct it," said Daisy Davis who lives in the area.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, children and adults are working side by side to rid the area of filth.

"Just trying to do ministry.  Instead of just talking about it, actually doing it," said Smith.

Their focus is the area around George Elementary School where children should play without dodging broken bottles.

"There's so much that is going on in our neighborhood and we just felt like cleaning it up.  Doing the right thing as far as picking up all the litter, picking up everyone else's trash," said Willie Mae Dennis of Harmony Life Baptist Church.

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