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Volunteers clean Balboa Park for MLK Day of Service

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 20:36:33-05

San Diego (KGTV)- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds are giving back in the best way they can. This morning volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clean up Balboa Park.

14-year-old Maya Hundley spent the morning planting flowers with her family at the MLK Day of Service Interfaith Project.

"I think it's important any day to help out, especially today," says Hundley. "Instead of being lazy or taking it as an extra day off, you can use that time to make a difference in the world."

More than 300 volunteers spent the morning cleaning up Balboa Park.

"People are doing anything from planting trees and flowers to raking leaves and hauling brush," says Melissa Spence with First United Methodist Church of San Diego.

The city's parks and recreation department was on hand, showing volunteers which areas needed the most care.

The MLK Day of Service Interfaith Project includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Unitarians working together. This is the 11th year the group has come together for the event.

"As people of different faiths, we recognize that God gave us this earth we're being called to care for it in the best way that we can," says Spence.

Volunteers say they believe this work would have made Dr. King proud.

"We all look so different, but we're all helping for a common cause," says Hundley.