THE BRONX — In the wake of devastating looting in the Bronx Monday night, a group of locals immediately organized a clean-up initiative to fix the damage.
Amin Razzaque and Kevin Zatizabal said they were inspired to take action because they love their community and want it to flourish.
“When things like this happen to our community, we get affected. So it affects everybody, small businesses, family members,” Zatizabal told PIX11’s Dan Mannarino.
Enough people came together to help clean up that the group was able to assist several neighborhoods, from Fordham to Kingsbridge.
“We thought it would be only 30 volunteers but it ended up becoming 400 up to about 1,000,” Razzaque said. “It wasn’t just us youth, it was also the community, the locals that live here who wanted to help us.”
So far, they’ve also raised more than $37,000 via GoFundMe to help small businesses recover from the looting.