In its seventh year, Ocean City's Day of Service already has become a tradition for many families who return year after year to participate, according to Ocean City Communications Manager Laurie Howey. This year, a young Ocean City boy, Aodhan Daly, celebrated his 10th birthday (which officially comes on Saturday) by cleaning up the bike path near the Howard S. Stainton Wildlife Refuge with a group of friends. And Ocean City High School always provides a foundation for the event with many school groups and students volunteering.
Calm winds and a sunny sky made for ideal conditions for the event for the third year in a row.
The Day of Service marks the beginning of the year of service as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and volunteer their time to improve their communities. Ocean City has participated in the Day of Service since 2008.
Volunteers met at 9 a.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center to receive trash bags and assigned locations. The groups then dispersed to participate in the cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon, covering beaches, bayfronts, parks and playgrounds throughout Ocean City.
The volunteers gathered at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center after the event for refreshments and coffee.