City leaders said a lot of good was done during Love Day 19.

Mayor Bill Flanagan said over 500 volunteers turned out Saturday to lend a hand with a variety of community service projects

With more than 40 projects tackled, Flanagan said "A whole lot of good was done."

"We probably filled two dumpsters with trees and brush and so forth," he said. "It turned out to be a very good day, a very good event. Thanks to the public for participating. A lot of good was done Saturday."

City Manager Jim Thomas said more than 25 organizations and nine churches were represented in the volunteer base, having donated time, money or resources.

"They did a service project near 24th Street that saved us hundreds of man-hours," Thomas said. "The electric department cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone."

Thomas said he was worried folks wouldn't want to wake up that early on a Saturday to work, but he was pleasantly surprised at the turnout.

"It was a great cross-section of the community to show community support in doing public service. I think this is going to be an annual event," he said. "I hope we have twice the number of people, and twice the number of projects next year."