Hundreds volunteer for beautification, clean-up efforts in Mesa

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MESA - Over 500 volunteers took part in Mesa's "Top 2 Bottom" event on Saturday morning.

Volunteers, made up of residents, neighborhood groups, church groups and staff from the city, got involved in several clean-up efforts to beautify some sections of the city including wall and bridge painting, "nuisance" sign sweep, alley clean-ups, a graffiti wash and a tire round-up.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for District 1 residents to pitch in and clean up west Mesa 'top to bottom' to make a difference in their neighborhoods," Mesa District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins said."Direct correlations can be made between neighborhood blight and crime.Residents who want to make their neighborhoods safer must actively participate in displacing trash and graffiti, and replace it with a display of community pride."

Volunteers were treated to a light breakfast, received an event T-shirt and left to their assigned service project.Several businesses also chipped in to help, including Wal-Mart, Chick-Fil-A, The Human Bean, Red Brick Pizza, Krispy Kreme and Renaldi's Deli.