Hundreds participate in Cupid's Cleanup in North Park: Event also gives singles a shot at love

SAN DIEGO - Hundreds did their part on Saturday to clean up San Diego – one neighborhood at a time.

For Johnathon Stone and his twin daughters Alyssa and Allison, a weekend family outing typically involves through neighborhoods hand-in-hand, looking for trash. It is teaching the 6-year-olds a valuable lesson about hard work and caring for the environment.

"If you want to make a difference, you need to get out and about and do what you can," said Stone.

This year, about 400 volunteers participated in the annual Cupid's Cleanup, which does not just welcome families and organizations.

It tries to attract singles by throwing in a complimentary adult mixer after the cleanup, hoping Cupid's arrow gives environment-caring individuals a chance to mingle after doing something good for their neighborhood.

Organizers tell 10News during events like this one, they can usually collect bags to fill a Dumpster, which measures out to about a ton of trash.

I Love a Clean San Diego director Morgan Justice-Black says in the seven years they have put this event together, they have made a love connection.

"One person was looking for a bag to dispose of recyclables she had found and the guy had the bag," she said. "They connected and now they're married with two kids."

It gives singles a shot at love, but more importantly, makes sure the environment stays clean and litter-free.

Volunteers at Saturday's event picked up 458 pounds of trash and 325 pounds of recycling.

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