Brandon Hanson, 32, remembers delivering pizzas to Navy Park as a second job while he was working at Calvary Baptist Church in West Orange in 1993. "I delivered to Navy Park several times and saw some incidents of drug dealing going on," said Hanson, the youth minister at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., in a phone interview.
"At that point in time I didn't know I would be coming back, but when I heard about the work in Navy Park I became interested."
Twenty-five members of Hanson's
youth group were part of the Navy Park Celebration July 18.Nineteen members of the Whitesburg
church stayed on for two more days to finish the cleanup of the Knox Avenue house.
"It was incredibly filthy and filled with old couches, needles, beer and wine bottles, baby diapers, used appliances and other trash.We were able to go in there and clean it up in an hour and 45 minutes," Hanson
said with pride in his