SEATTLE – Thousands of volunteers participated in One Seattle Day of Service, a citywide spring cleaning event, on Saturday morning.
Mayor Bruce Harrell and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll helped with the hard work.
These familiar faces were joined by people from across town, as everyone got their homework, grabbed their tools and got to work on this A day of service in Seattle.
“We’ve never done this event before so we weren’t sure what to expect, so it was great to see so many community members willing to help out today,” said volunteer Cristin Aragon.
Aragon saw great turnout at Pioneer Square for a great cause.
Her daughter was alongside other children putting out a pile of mulch and wheelbarrows to use to make a difference.
This One Seattle Day of Service is all about revitalization with 127 events across the city.
“The main thing for today is to get the neighborhood spotless and clean,” said organizer Chris Woodward.
Woodward, with The Alliance for Pioneer Square, said there was a lot of work to be done.
People were picking up litter, cleaning lampposts and street signs, and tackling tough weeds so the new mulch could penetrate.
This year, about 4,000 people signed up to help, and that’s the most Woodward said he had ever seen.
The Seahawks head coach was bright and early.
He said the team had their backs in town.
“Attitude is everything, always, you know, and we have the ability to command our attitude, you know, and one is here, he’s just helping and lending a hand. It’s an easy place to love Seattle is a great place, great community and we’ve taken a few hits and it’s really time for us to rise up and somehow get back to the stature this place deserves,” Carroll said.
The mayor said it’s an exciting time for Seattle as the city moves forward to do just that.
“We are in this fight together. We want a safe city. We want a clean city. We want a vibrant city. We want all the boats to rise, and so, it’s going to take energy, creativity and a commitment,” Harrell told FOX 13 News.
These people said they believe in the next generation of Seattle and in better days.
Aragon’s daughter learns all about working with her neighbors at just 6 years old.
It’s a sense of spirit that volunteers say can’t be broken.
“It’s really important for us to instill in our children a sense of community and an obligation to help others,” Aragon said.
The mayor and other community members hope to see this happen more often to help not only reconnect the city, but also rejuvenate it.
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