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Woman stands alone in community clean-up

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One Wilmington woman is on a mission to clean up the streets. Lola James is a lady who knows that big changes start with small steps.

"If you don't care, then who cares, right?" James said. "It's everybody's responsibility to care."

Lola James cares a lot about the community she's spent her whole life in, and she just wants to see it clean.

James is trying to start a program to pick up litter in her neighborhood around Maides Park. She invited everyone to help her Saturday morning. She's the only one who showed up, but said she's not discouraged, and she knows it only takes one person to start a domino effect for change.

"I think sometimes we get apathy, because it's like, well, somebody else will pick it up," James said. "You know, we always want somebody else to do the job, but sometimes it takes us doing the job."

James said her neighborhood often has negative stereotypes, but she thinks cleaning up the trash will help clean up some of the other problems like drugs, alcohol and gangs. She has big ideas for huge changes in her community and the park in it. But she's learning there are a lot of obstacles to overcome and wants our local government to pay more attention.

"If you're putting bike trails on one side of town, then you need to put them on the other side of town," she said. "If you're going to have recreational things for one park, then you gotta have the same things for the other parks. You gotta be fair and just. You can't skip over one side of town to another."

James wants better for herself and her community and said you have to live better than being satisfied with garbage.

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Maybe one of the student

Maybe one of the student organizations at UNCW or CFCC can help her?

Lola James starts clean up

This woman is a leader. Good for you Lola. Keep it up. I have been wanting to do the same thing. How does so much trash get around. It is sad that people litter at all.

Poor lady !

I cant believe NO ONE showed up !!Bless her heart. If I lived there i would have shown up. SHAME on the neighbors !!

What Ms. James is doing is

What Ms. James is doing is commendable, however, I don't picture anyone in Wilmington riding a bike, having a cookout, or bringing their kids to Maides Park. Cleaning up the litter is one thing.....cleaning up the folks who live out there is another. Good luck lady.

Good job

Finally someone decided to bulldoze the area in wilmington that you come in off 17