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Volunteers sought for 3-hour long endeavors
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Pastor Brian Hunt of Crossroads Grace Community Church helps out with one of the recent Love Manteca beautification projects.

It’s the same Love Manteca planned for April 24 only with one tweak.

“We will not assemble together beforehand (due to the COVID-19 pandemic),” said Jim Todd of Crossroads Grace Community Church.

As one of the organizers for Love Manteca – altogether, five local churches are of this leadership group – he pointed out that teams and individuals taking part in the annual beautification of the city event scheduled that Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon will instead go directly to their project site.

“We met last October and made due (also) without the rally,” Todd said on Monday.

Thus far, 145 signed up for the various Love Manteca projects – organizers are hoping for over 500 participants – ranging from the three HOPE Ministries Family Shelters and front office coupled with the Love’s Treasurers Ministry’s storage and garage sale, for starters.

The Tidewater Bikeway with 3.4 miles of walking, running and cycling trails needs work spreading mulch along the four of the main cross streets and leaf mulch on Moffat Boulevard between Main Street and Spreckels Avenue, Todd said.

Organizers of Love Manteca are also looking for volunteers to write notes in appreciating the local First Responders and spreading bark on the various playgrounds for the safety of children.

Other projects on tap include covering graffiti on the downtown dumpsters, collecting grocery carts throughout town, applying a fresh coat of paint on fire hydrants and putting together ramps to help out the elderly.

“Manteca is where we live, shop, buy groceries, send our kids to school, see them play games, compete and grow up – let’s love on Manteca together,” said Todd, who added that this event is family and outside group friendly.

Love Manteca is one of 90 cities across the U.S. banding together for one day with the intent of involving citizens to make a difference while working together, shoulder to shoulder, for the sake of the city.

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