In the aftermath of the December floods, which swept through Laguna Canyon leaving in their path enormous devastation and debris, numerous members of the community have pulled together to clean up the town.
Many of those volunteers — seen shoveling mud, hauling debris, sweeping gutters and throwing their manpower into the dirty work — were the homeless.
"We have a group of really hard-working people here who care about each other and the community," said Donna Valenti, who runs the Laguna Relief and Resource Center in Laguna Canyon, which houses about 45 of the city's homeless folks. "When this disaster struck, many of them were more than happy to go out there and lend a helping hand."
An instrumental part in the initial cleanup of their neighboring Pacific Marine Mammal Center and Nursery, Valenti said the residents of the center have continued to show their support by assisting with relief efforts for more than 105 flood victims.