An army of neon-vested volunteers spent their lunch hour picking up trash along the Haney Bypass in Maple Ridge last week.
Those seen picking up odds and ends, included staff and clients from the Salvation Army’s Caring Place who showed their support and dedication to the community through the efforts shown. The Caring Place has been actively involved in a weekly cleanup in the neighbourhood for the past year.
The wooded area behind The Caring Place, off Cliff Avenue, is favoured as a camping spot for the homeless and has become a dumping ground for everything from bicycle parts to tents, tarps, clothes and construction material.
“The Caring Place is committed to this community and we want to show that we are a positive influence here and we want to make it a cleaner place for the residents of Maple Ridge,” said shelter manager Michael Emery. “It’s something we have chosen to do and we are proud to do it. It is a small thing we can do to help the community.”