MOUNT VERNON — Most anybody who walks the streets around downtown Mount Vernon has more than likely crossed paths with one of Mount Vernon’s most selfless citizens. And the streets of downtown are a much more attractive place thanks to his efforts.
Disabled and unable to work, Kerry Givens is seen on a daily basis tidying up the downtown streets, mainly around the area of Main, Vine, Gambier and Gay streets, but he has also ventured further south down Main Street as well as up to Public Square.
“I work for the people ... the people are the government,” said Givens about his purpose for performing his work around town. His volunteering has been ongoing now for about two years, without ever much of a break. He expects nothing in return.
On any given day, Givens can be seen picking up trash and cigarette butts, pulling weeds in the flower beds and between cracks in the sidewalk, raking leaves and sweeping dirt and debris from the sidewalks and berms. Some minor landscape projects including laying gravel have also taken place at a few locations.
A little bit of recognition came Givens’ way on Friday afternoon when he was honored by the Heritage Centre Association for his volunteer efforts. Downtown Manager Carrie Crouch presented Givens with a Certificate of Recognition which stated, “In appreciation for your tireless efforts ... we thank you for making Mount Vernon a better place for us ....”
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