Hundreds of volunteers came together Saturday to take down the decorations that lined downtown Rockford streets from this past year’s Stroll on State. Christmas trees and candy canes all came down piece by piece. Working in shifts, those volunteers worked to make sure every present and light came down.
“We’re lucky to have a group of the same volunteers each year.” said volunteer Craig Gray. “Hundreds and hundreds of people that volunteer to get things set up. It’s actually kind of magical really if you think about it.”
Volunteers span several generations. Dylan Stallings is a second generation volunteer. He followed in the footsteps of his dad and stepmother, who’ve been putting in work since the beginning. All striving to make Rockford a better place to be.
“I was born in Rockford, I grew up in Rockford.” said Stallings. “So anything I can do to give back to the community, or work with other people in the community to make our community better.”
Craig Gray, a volunteer since the beginning, looks forward to seeing the community come together more and more every year and seeing old and new faces join in.
“That’s what I was taught when i was a kid.” said Gray. “It just transcends and you see old people like us and young people coming up and it’s great.”
If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community Gray say’s the more, the merrier.
“If you’re out there and you want to participate come on down it’s a great four hours of your life you know, you don’t have to work all day.”