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For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2013

St. Luke's Hospital & neighbors to host Operation Clean Sweep in collaboration with The Friends of Buttonwood Park

Ward 5 neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Hospitals Group, the St. Luke's neighborhood group NEED (Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development), and The Friends of Buttonwood Park will team up to host Operation Clean Sweep in Ward 5 on Saturday, May 18. Neighbors, families, friends, students, service groups and the community are encouraged to volunteer to demonstrate support for the city and to show pride in the community.

The neighborhood and Buttonwood Park cleanup will take place from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Volunteers can check in at the St. Luke's parking lot on the corner of Hawthorn and Page streets. All tools, gloves and bags will be provided by Operation Clean Sweep.

Free refreshments, including bagels, fruit, water, juice and pizza, will be provided by Southcoast Health System and Domino's Pizza, the official pizza of Operation Clean Sweep. Volunteers will also receive a coupon redeemable at the St. Luke's Hospital Cafeteria for a cup of award-winning clam chowder served on the day of the clean-up or available any Friday. All children 12 years of age and younger will receive a free pass to the Buttonwood Park Zoo redeemable on May 18, following the completion of the Ward 5 clean up. Other giveaways will include Southcoast beach balls, water bottles and sunscreen.

FUN 107 will broadcast live from the event between 8 and 9:30 a.m. The Southcoast Health Van will be onsite from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide free health screenings. Volunteers are encouraged to visit the Southcoast Blood Bank to give the gift of life by donating blood. The Southcoast Blood Bank is located inside of St. Luke's Hospital. GiftsToGive will also be onsite accepting gently used clothes, cribs, strollers and car seats to be refurbished and donated within our community.

Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register by visiting Pre-registration is not required but is preferred in order to appropriately plan for the event. Walk-ups are always welcome.

Students and volunteers are eligible to earn community service hours during the cleanup. Community service confirmation letters will be available upon request on the day of the event.

The rain date for this event is Saturday, July 27. For more information call 508-973-5899 or email

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer

Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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