Scenes of hope amid despair in Baltimore

A Maryland State Trooper in riot gear lifts Joseph Haley, 3, on North Avenue in the wake of protests for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, April 28, 2015. (Photo: Noah Scialom/EPA via ABC News)

As unrest subsides in Baltimore, people have taken to the streets to lend a generous hand.


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Among the most poignant interactions — a boy distribtued free water bottles to police in this viral photo shared by Bishop M. Cromartie, senior pastor at Prophetic Deliverance Ministries in Baltimore.

Bishop M Cromartie posted this photo on Facebook with this caption: "One of many pictures that I captured today in the midst of helping clean up the city and it speaks VOLUMES #baltimore," April 28, 2015. (Photo courtesy Bishop M Cromartie via ABC News)
Bishop M Cromartie posted this photo on Facebook with this caption: “One of many pictures that I captured today in the midst of helping clean up the city and it speaks VOLUMES #baltimore,” April 28, 2015. (Photo courtesy Bishop M Cromartie via ABC News)

Bonne Bessor, executive director Rebuilding Together Baltimore, said Tuesday was a “much more peaceful night” after violence erupted Monday that damaged property and injured officers. The nonprofit, which provides critical home repairs to homeowners with low incomes, had organized an annual rebuilding and cleanup day on Saturday. By Monday night, the neighborhood where they were working had been affected by looting.

“Yesterday was an amazing day,” she told ABC News. “Thousands of people came out to clean up the community — people of all ages and walks of life and people from outside the city. And people are really banding together.”

Volunteers helped clean up debris from one of two CVS stores in the city that had been the target of looting and suffered damage after catching fire.

PHOTO: Members of the community clean up a recently looted and burned CVS store amid concerns about the buildings stability in Baltimore, April 28, 2015.
Members of the community clean up a recently looted and burned CVS store amid concerns about the building’s stability in Baltimore, April 28, 2015. (Photo: ABC News)

CVS Health spokeswoman  Carolyn Castel told ABC News the company is grateful to its customers in Baltimore “for their show of support over this week.” With the exception of two stores that “sustained heavy damage,” Castel said that the company is “up and running in all of our Baltimore locations.”

“Our top priority is to maintain a safe working environment for our Baltimore employees and to serve our patients with medical needs,” she said in a statement.

PHOTO: Volunteers work to help clear out the debris from a CVS in Baltimore, April 28, 2015.
Volunteers work to help clear out the debris from a CVS in Baltimore, April 28, 2015. | AP Photo

Baltimore reporter Brian Kuebler of ABC affiliate WMAR-TV tweeted photos of adults and children helping out in the community.

“Yesterday, dozens of volunteers helped to clean up the community and also peacefully send a message as a group to stop the violence,” Bessor of Rebuilding Together Baltimore said. “So there was a group of volunteers who marched up York Road to send the message that we want to have a peaceful community.”

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