Warm weather and sunshine made Saturday a great day to get outdoors in Anchorage. It also made it easier to see the debris collected during the first day of the 2019 Citywide Cleanup.

The week-long event is organized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, which encourages families, friends and businesses to come together to beautify the city.

Across Anchorage, neighborhoods hosted barbecues and bands to bring volunteers outside. In Mountain View, the community center provided the clean up materials and lunch. Residents and people eager to see a neater neighborhood did the rest.

Tech. Sgt. Stanford Dixon with the California National Guard is currently training in Alaska. He spent the pleasant morning putting his time off to generous use. 

"I love people first but also we're helping the community. Them seeing us out here as military servants, leaders will probably inspire them," Dixon said, adding he would volunteer even if he wasn't in the military.  

Tech. Sgt. Amadel Aspiras also serves the country, but she's based much closer, serving on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with the Air Force Reserve. It isn't her first time participating in a cleanup effort. 

"It's the breakup season and it's about that time. Alaska's beautiful and why not just help out?" she said.    

The cleanup continues through next week. In participation of the event, the Anchorage Regional Landfill and Girdwood Transfer Station are hosting free dump days to mark the beginning and end of the cleanup. The next free day is Saturday, May 4.  

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