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More than 10,000 clean up Louisville part of Give A Day

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - City streets were filled with neighbors armed with trash bags Saturday. Hundreds participated in Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Give A Day campaign by volunteering with Brightside to clean up the metro.

All it took was a bag and a strong back to make an impact in an alley in need of a little TLC.

Talia Ford and her sisters didn't mind leaning down to pick up what others left behind.

"It makes me feel excited," she said. Ford and her family sifted through and picked up litter in the Parkland neighborhood.

An estimated 10,000 volunteers made it a priority to set aside a few hours for their city Saturday, according to Mayor Fischer.

They're answering the question Mayor Fischer is asking everyone this week. "How can we be an even more compassionate community? Well, we don't have all the money in the world. Hopefully service work does that. We know pride and a sense of community begins with our neighbors and that's what Give A Day is all about," Mayor Fischer said.

"It's a great time for greater friendship to give a day and volunteer. I want my girls to know what it means to roll up their sleeve," Shirley Carney said, who recruiter her granddaughters.

The city-wide week of community service, held April 13 to 21, will help launch the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival.

On Monday, April 22, Give a Day week will conclude with a final cleanup from Thunder Over Louisville along the waterfront and downtown.

More than 600 volunteers, including dozens of Louisville Metro Police officers, will help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville build at least seven homes.

Volunteers are still needed for nearly 200 community services projects of all kinds.

To register, click here and click on the "To volunteer for an existing project" link.

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