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Cairo community cleanup planned for Thursday

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CAIRO -- Community leaders in Cairo are taking matters into their own hands to help clean up the city.

Cairo's Men of Power–Women of Strength is organizing a "Clean-Up" day this Thursday, and they hope to have many volunteers.

They're asking residents across the city to remove large items from their homes and place them in their front yard to be picked up. 

“My vision is that one day Cairo will offer everything everyone else has all around the world,” said Steven Tarver, an Elmwood Resident and community leader.

Tarver said his vision starts with cleaning. 

He and other community leaders involved with the nonprofit are rallying volunteers to come out on July 20th for the citywide cleanup effort. 

The rules are simple. Anyone living in Cairo needing to get rid of trash is asked to place large items in front of their home, not in a dumpster. 
With some help from Beasley Waste Management and Waste Connections, drivers and trucks will go around town to collect trash.  

They’ve already received donations — including gloves, trash bags, rakes and other cleaning tools.

“Communities conform to their visual," said Marcella Ursery, an organizer who grew up in Cairo. "We don’t want people to come into Cairo and the first thing that they see is garbage and trash and debris and dilapidated houses.” 

Now they just need people. And whether it’s a couple of volunteers or a couple of hundred volunteers, organizers remain optimistic. 

“Regardless on how many people come, two can move, two can move some things,” said Sean Tarver, a community leader.

Volunteers from Cape Girardeau, Charleston, and the Carbondale area are planning to help, with support from the Race Unity group. And in the midst of a housing crisis in Cairo, community leaders hope this will help bring unity and positivity to the community.  

“If you want to see change in Cairo, you have to implement being the change you want to see," said Ursery, who is also behind the #CAIROINCRISIS initiative. 

“This is home and we have a new beginning now and to start that new beginning, we have to start cleaning," Tarver added.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 3715 Sycamore St. at 9:30 a.m. to start cleaning. For more information, visit the Men of Power - Women of Strength Facebook page

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