Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association cleans up trash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association cleans up trash

Pictured: Gene Bals, event organizer Pictured: Gene Bals, event organizer
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Dozens of volunteers donated their time and a bit of muscle on Saturday to keep their neighborhood clean and safe.

The Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association strapped on their gloves and got to work, loading up trucks of trash.

They combed through one square mile between Ave. Q and University, and 19th and 34th St., picking up items big and small.

Gene Bals, organizer of the event, said he was surprised at how much the volunteers picked up.

"We're just getting a lot more trash than we expected," Bals said, "and a lot more trash than trucks."

Although they gathered all kinds of items, they found more mattresses and sofas than anything else.

"We've found things like possums sleeping in them," Bals said. "We have homeless people that will sleep on those sofas in the alleyway."

And Bals said the cleanup is as much about keeping the streets safe as keeping them clean.

Half a dozen garbage truckloads were transported to the city dump.

Copyright 2014 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

    US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:56 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:56:38 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:56 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:56:38 GMT

    A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

    A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

  • GOP drops US-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

    GOP drops US-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:37:28 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:37:28 GMT

    Republicans hope to avoid the ignominy of a government shutdown while their party controls Congress and the White House.

    Republicans hope to avoid the ignominy of a government shutdown while their party controls Congress and the White House.

  • Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

    Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:27:14 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-04-26 05:27:14 GMT
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.. (Source: Raycom Media)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.. (Source: Raycom Media)

    A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

    A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

Powered by Frankly