Helium Salon hosts clean-up to pick trash off city streets

Published: Jul. 26, 2020 at 10:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Helium Salon ditched their scissors and hair products for trash bags and gloves on Sunday. Salon workers and a group of volunteers walked the streets of downtown Grand Island and picked up trash.

They started around 6 p.m. The group grabbed trash bags, gloves and began walking down side-streets, alley-ways and wherever they could find unwanted trash. Volunteers kept going until they couldn’t anymore.

“I mean we don’t really have an end time, but just trying to clean up all of downtown,” owner of Helium Salon, Sierra Arends, said.

The group found broken glass, cans, bottles, and a lot of cigarette buds.

Arends grew up in Grand Island her whole life and said all she wants is for the city to be clean and beautiful.

“Keeping things clean and presentable just makes everybody else value the place more, and keeps everything looking nice,” Arends said.

One volunteer, Lauren Luther, walks around picking up trash with her son whenever she can, so it was a no-brainer to help the salon and their quest to make the city better. She said it takes a village to keep it clean.

“I don’t think its necessarily one person’s job,” Luther said. “I just think that if you live in this community you should want to be proud of it.”

People were out there for about an hour cleaning the streets. They had about 10 bags full of trash by the time they were done. They will be recycling all the cardboard they found during the clean-up.

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