Youth organization helps clean Independence National Historical Park during shutdown

John McDevitt
January 05, 2019 - 3:24 pm
National Park Cleanup

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The partial government shutdown has a youth organization helping out. Members were at various national parks throughout the country Saturday collecting litter, including here in Philadelphia. 

Cigarette butts, plastic bottles and wrappers were among the trash being removed from the grounds at Independence National Historical Park.

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It's an effort by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, where Fraz Tangir is a member of the local chapter.

"It's unfortunate whatever is happening with the government is going on," Tangir said. "This is part of our faith, as well as to take care of our nation and respect our nation's laws, and basically take care of our own land."

Similar cleanup efforts took place in other parks, including Everglades National Park in Florida and Joshua Tree National Park in California.