More than 30 people help clean up South Umpqua River on MLK Day
ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Roseburg community came together on Monday in order to do some good deeds in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A number of people came together to clean up Stewart Park on MLK Day to give back to the community and the environment.
"I thought there might be six or twelve people. There's like 35, 40 people, it's great," said Terri Lundy, a Roseburg resident. "We had to divide into two groups, it was wonderful."
A local non-profit called Umpqua Watersheds put on a service day to clean the park and South Upqua River, with their goal being to get everyone involved.
"This year I wanted to make it even bigger, and more of a community event," said Christine Smith, with the Umpqua Watersheds. "Not just Umpqua Watersheds, not just an AmeriCorps thing, so we invited lots of different groups to come and be a part of the park clean up."
The organization says that the holiday was an opportunity for the community to come together for an important cause.
"Everyone is on their day off, they're out here on their day off and volunteering together, and it's not just one person trying to clean all the parks," said Smith.
The people in Roseburg that we spoke to say that it's important to remember the message of unity that Martin Luther King Jr. left behind.
"Martin Luther King is one of my idols, and he stood for so much," said Lundy. "If I could do a little bit -- I mean, one of his messages is, 'what could you do to help others?' This is my little part in that, so it's really cool."
Umpqua Watersheds hopes to put on more events in the future to continue Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.