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Volunteers remove 3.5 tons of debris from view
Over 200 volunteers from Ceres Christian Church joined forces with city employees and the city's Code Enforcement Division to clean Ceres of approximately 3.5 tons of garbage and weeds.

During the Saturday, April 25 "Take Pride in Ceres" campaign - the city's second annual Community Cleanup - workers picked up trash, as well as cut down and removed weeds and brush from eight alleyways and nine vacant lots. They also cleared the roadside along El Camino Avenue between Park Street and Don Pedro Road, and the right-of-way along the new portion of Herndon Road near Ceres High School.

The Ceres Christian Church group devoted its time as part of its "Love Much Ceres" group. Church leaders say the church wants to demonstrate Christian love to Ceres and is devoting itself to acts of service.

Also helping were members of the city VIPS (Volunteers in Public Safety) program headed by Tim Murillo and Gary Beasley, and members of the Ceres Lions Club.

After the hard work, the volunteers were treated to a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, chips, sodas and water - all which had all been donated by Cost Less Foods, Donut Town, Food-4-Less, Glazed Donuts, My Garden Cafe, Pizza D'Amore, Richland Market and Walmart.

The city staged it first community "Take Pride in Ceres" clean-up day in April 2008 which netted 13.4 tons of garbage picked up on Herndon Road by 35 volunteers.