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Pokemon Go SEMO group picks up trash while trying to 'catch 'em all'

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

An organizer of a new group called Pokemon Go SEMO said nearly a hundred people were out collecting trash in Southeast Missouri on Sunday, July 31.

But there's a twist.

Those involved in the group are helping to beautify the city while also trying to collect Pokemon.

Tim Harris and a couple of others were picking up trash in Downtown Cape Girardeau on Sunday. Harris said there is a lot of trash laying around.

"It's rough," Harris, of Cape Girardeau, said. "We were just walking around Main Street right up here and it's just everywhere. Bottles, paper, cigarette packs, cigarette butts, it's disgusting. We can do a lot better."

The Facebook group made a call out on their page for volunteers to pick up trash on Sunday while also catching Pokemon using the new mobile game.

The group has nearly 1,700 people from across Southeast Missouri so many more people may have been out Sunday helping.

"We've got all these people walking around," Harris said. "We've got all these people interacting with each other like they never would
have originally until this game came out. Figured we might as well give back to the community while we're doing it."

Harris said Pokemon Go has been in the news quite a bit lately - and not always in good light.

"There's been a lot of heat for the game, so to speak, in some ways and I think this is a great way for the communities to
really band together and just to give back," Harris said.

He said he feels this is an opportunity to beautify the area since the game requires people to get outside and interact in the community.

"To be able to see everybody band together like this over something that I grew up with like Pokemon, seeing them all come
together like that, it's an amazing feeling," Harris said.

There were also prizes for whoever collects the most trash. Harris said everyone's trash will be weighed and the top three with the most will win a prize.

However, Harris encourages anyone who is out and about to pick up any trash they may see along their path while they're are out trying
to "catch 'em all".

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