Volunteers in Jackson help the environment on Earth Day

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s earth day, and that means people including Sue Hines are out helping the environment.

“We’re cleaning up parks and trails and downtown Jackson and getting ready for spring,” volunteer Sue Hines said.

Ten volunteers from Consumers Energy came out to Loomis Park in Jackson to clean up everything from trash to downed branches.

“See the glass,” volunteer Wendy VanDenDriessche said. “That’s why we clean it. See the cigarette butts?”

Wendy VanDenDriessche is very familiar with the park.

“We used to come out here for birthday parties and stuff, so I’m glad I can come out here and clean it, as an adult,” VanDenDriessche said.

Hines is happy to help out as well.

“We all need the earth to continue for our families and this is one way that we can clean it up and make it enjoyable and sustainable,” Hines said.

Jackson Parks and Rec crew leader Eric Arnold values the help around the county.

“We’re a small department and any help we can get is really appreciated,” Arnold said. “It’s great for the community.”

And even though the work may have been tiring, volunteers glad to be a part of the cleanup.

“You don’t see people getting payed to do it, so if volunteers is what it takes, that’s what we’ll do,” VanDenDriessche said.

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