Volunteers hit streets of Sanford during monthly community cleanups

Getting Results Award winner, John DiDonna, keeps Sanford sparkling

SANFORD, Fla. – John DiDonna is this week's News 6 Getting Results Award winner.


DiDonna, along with Sanford residents Zach Waters and Paul Williams, took a conversation on social media and turned it into a monthly community cleanup.


"I saw a lot of people complaining about trash," DiDonna said, while filling a bag along Highway 17-92. "So I started asking some questions. Someone wanted to start a cleanup, and it never happened. I found out who those guys were. It was Zach and Paul. So I contacted them and said, 'do you want to do this?'"  


That was a year ago. Currently, 50 to 75 volunteers on Sunday mornings, once a month, are combing the streets for trash.


"It's kind of a way to get the community together," Waters said. "We call it Keep Sanford Sparkling. It's a way to inspire." 


Cynthia Santos brought her 5-year old daughter, Kendall, along to a recent cleanup.

She said her family has a legacy of volunteering, and she wanted to pass it on to her daughter.

"This is my neighborhood. I live in Goldsboro," Santos said. "I want to stay in Goldsboro. I don't want to leave, and I know we need to clean it up. So if I can, I'll be part of the solution."


Many of the volunteers expressed similar thoughts. They said they see the city moving in a positive direction and want to be part of the change.


"It's about community," DiDonna said. "People care about Sanford, you know, people love Sanford. It's a great town, and there's a lot of good people who live here and care about what goes on and want it to look good."      


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