News: Debris runs free, Marines and community respond to clean
Story by Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - More than 40 community volunteers teamed up with various Marines within 7th Marine Regiment, Combat Center, to clean-up debris left from illegal dumping throughout the desert in Wonder Valley, Calif., Saturday.
During a city council meeting, residents of Wonder Valley recognized the issue of illegal dumping throughout the area and were granted money from the county for garbage bins and necessary equipment to help cleanup the areas.
In an attempt to preserve the community, Marine volunteers from the Combat Center came with their own trucks hauled more than 20 loads of debris from illegal dumping sites throughout Wonder Valley from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“The Marines are a wonderful resource that we have here in the community,” said Max Rossi, Wonder Valley Representative. “Without the able-bodied men and woman from the Marine base, this would have been tough to do given the elderly population in our community, and we are extremely grateful for their contribution here today.”
To further show their appreciation, food and drinks were provided for the Marine volunteers throughout the work day.
“I hate seeing the desert get trashed,” said Cpl. Zachary Leeds, rifleman, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment. “As Marines, we are used to cleaning up after ourselves, and since this is our home for the time being, it is a great chance for us to come out here and do what Marines do; help out the community.”
Throughout the day, Marines and community members picked up more than 20 truckloads of debris, and were able to return home knowing they did their part in giving back to the community.