(08/25/13) - What started as a small step to clean up his street is now a community-wide project to make Saginaw shine.
A neighbor is taking action, cleaning up vacant, overgrown lots - and he's looking for help.
Call it a 'grass roots project.' Efrain Garcia says overgrown lots are an eyesore, and neighbors agree.
"I was waiting for a deer to come out to be honest. It's like living in the woods. We're in the city, you wouldn't expect this," said Leonard Hernandez, who lives on North Thirteenth Street.
So Garcia said enough is enough. He grabbed his tools and got to work.
"Why complain about it," Garcia said. "Just get up and go do it, it takes a little bit of time and effort."
It all started last week when Garcia started mowing vacant lots near his home on Webster. But he decided to keep going, and look for recruits on Facebook.
"Whoever calls me on Facebook and says, 'We have a lot over here, can you go out and do it?' I do it," Garcia said.
In just five days, he's fixed up 11 vacant lots, and he's hoping the community-lead movement keeps growing.
"It takes everyone to build a community. Without that, we have nothing," Hernandez said.
Garcia wants to fix up 20 lots by the end of the month.
They've already got another project planned for 9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 26 at the Crayola Park in Saginaw, near the YMCA. Anyone is welcome to stop by and help them clean up the park.
Garcia can be reached at 989-890-1115.
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