Citizens Show Pride in Annual Clean Up Day on May 19

Posted: May 02, 2012

Each year, Sandy Pride bags, such as this one, are delivered to homes in Sandy to encourage residents to clean up or improve their local parks and neighborhoods.

Each year, Sandy Pride bags, such as this one, are delivered to homes in Sandy to encourage residents to clean up or improve their local parks and neighborhoods.

The Sandy Exchange Club is once again partnering with the City of Sandy in  sponsoring the 27th Annual Sandy Pride Day on May 19. Sandy Pride has been  an integral part of the Sandy community by encouraging residents to clean up and beautify their city whether at home or through a project in their neighborhood or park.

Thousands of man hours are donated each May by church organizations,  neighborhoods, local businesses and Boy Scout groups that organize projects  throughout the city. The annual day of service begins at approximately 8 a.m. and includes planting projects in parks, trimming headstones at the Sandy Cemetery, individual home improvements and maintenance of trails and playgrounds in local parks.

Volunteers deliver more than 40,000 green Sandy Pride bags to residents approximately two weeks before the May 19 event. The bags can be used for a variety of improvements around homes or neighborhoods and then disposed of in the normal trash cans. Sponsors listed on the bag have donated money or supplies for Sandy Pride volunteers to use for designated projects throughout the city. Volunteers, whether residents or businesses, have the opportunity to come together to donate time and resources to help with organized projects. The Home Depot located at the Little Cottonwood Center has provided a limited number of gift cards through The Home Depot Foundation that will be used to help veterans, the elderly, or  individuals with debilitating diseases complete projects for their homes or yards. Applications for these projects are available online.

To see a complete list of projects for May's event, to download an application to be considered for a project, or to see pictures from previous events, please visit www.sandy.utah.gov/sandypride or call Angela at 801-568-7254. Participating youth or scout groups are eligible for a beautiful patch depicting the "Hope Rising" statue in front of Sandy City Hall.

This is a great opportunity for youth, families, businesses and organizations to give a few hours of service to beautify and preserve the heritage of our community. Please join us in making a difference on May 19.