KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs are busy training and preparing to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday for the AFC championship. As they work, others work in other ways to prepare Kansas City.
Hope Faith’s cleaning crew works with employees to pick up trash from around the city. The Parks & Recreation Department pitched the idea as a way to help the homeless community and clean up the city. This week, they called for more attention to the areas around Arrowhead Stadium, specifically 31st and Van Brunt, Highway 40, Leeds Trafficway and Paseo.
“It’s not hard at all, it’s basically just walking,” said Anthony Skinner. “This is what you do on a daily basis.”
Skinner has been working with Hope Faith for years. They are paid a living wage to collect rubbish for about five hours a day. He likes what he does, especially when it comes to helping the community and his favorite team, the Chiefs.
“It’s amazing. They would be here for so long and we’re here to support them,” Skinner said. “We have a team that’s about to go to the Super Bowl again!”
“It’s the mindset of being able to help in the way that’s best for you, and that you can pour into the boss’s team and be a part of something bigger than you,” said Cristi Smith, who works with Hope Faith. “So I think ultimately that’s really what’s going on with the cleaning crew.”
The group cleaned up over 14,000 pounds of trash between September and December of 2022. Anyone can volunteer to help out.