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FERGUSON, Mo. - It was an uplifting scene on West Florissant Wednesday as volunteers spread out across the most damaged areas. They carried trash bags and helped clean what they could of the destruction.

While volunteers were able to help make the streets look a little better, the effort was about more than picking up trash.

"My fear has been, throughout this whole process, that everyone believes that there's not a true sense of community here in Ferguson, and there is," said volunteer Necole Powell.

While some of the volunteers live in Ferguson, many came in from surrounding areas after hearing about the effort through word-of-mouth or on social media.

"I'm trying to make a positive difference in a community that is torn right now," said Hazelwood resident Lisa Schoonover.

While the volunteers picking up were able to make a difference, they say there's still much work to be done in Ferguson.

"We have our fair set of challenges that hopefully now we'll start to deal with. But I really just want everyone to know that we do care, and there are people here that are good people, black and white," Powell said.

"People can work together. Not just black people, but people, can work together. Because it's a strong thing that happened and I think we just need leadership and this point," volunteer Lordell Rush said.

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