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Volunteers Pitch in to Help Clean up Ocean City

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Volunteers cleaning up the Ocean City beach (Photo: WBOC) Volunteers cleaning up the Ocean City beach (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Inspired by a social media post, a group of volunteers came together Monday afternoon to help clean up the beach in Ocean City following the storm over the weekend.

Bob Banach made a post on his Ocean City Cool  Facebook page calling for volunteers. His mission was simple: help clean up trash and debris leftover on the beach from the storm. On Monday, several people answered his call for help and met Banach in the inlet parking lot in downtown Ocean City.  The group of 12 made their way to the beach, trash bags in hand, to try and make a difference.

"Oh, the storm inspired in completely," Banach told WBOC on Monday.  "I come out here every morning when I take pictures and I bring a trash bag with me because I like to clean up while I am walking.  But when I saw what the storm was leaving here on the beach, I had to something, I couldn't leave it like that."

While Banach and his volunteers were hard at work on the beach, crews from the town of Ocean City were hard at work seemingly everywhere else.  Several large pieces of equipment were plowing sand from the inlet parking lot for several hours.  All of this while other crews were out collecting damaged dune fencing and downed dune signs.

On the beach, the volunteers were collecting trash from anywhere they could find it: in the surf, on the dunes and under the pier.  For everyone who came to lend a hand, they said the decision to help out was an easy one to make.

"Because I live here.  I've lived here for five years and this is our home," said Eve Slocum of Ocean City.

"Because I love the beach.  I'm always up here.  I'm always walking the beach.  Between here and Assateague, that's usually where you'll find me," said Margaret Long of Ocean Pines.

And the volunteers on Monday were encouraging others to come out and help as well.  In fact, Banach said he will be leading a cleanup group every day this week beginning at noon in the inlet parking lot.

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