Thanks to Sanford’s neighborhoods, churches, and community groups, this year’s National Night Out ranked as the best attended – and most generous – to date in the region.
With 35 official and two unofficial sites, there was no shortage of food and fellowship during the city-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 6. Each site reported record participation for both new and long-time gatherings.
Even better: In addition to creating safe neighborhoods, this year’s goal was to collect nonperishable food items for the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC). Local coordinators enthusiastically met the challenge, donating nearly 900 pounds of food to the agency to help provide meals for local families in need.
“We are so pleased that the City of Sanford and the National Night Out coordinators chose to support the Christians United Outreach Center this year,” says Teresa Kelly, executive director for the CUOC. “We look forward working together in the future to combat hunger in Sanford.”
“Mayor Olive, City Council members, the Sanford Police Department, the Sanford Fire Department, and City staff worked together to visit each National Night Out event and show the community how committed they are to making Sanford as safe as possible,” says Kelly Quinones Miller, public information officer for the City and manager of the National Night Out program.
The August 6 celebrations capped off a long summer full of National Night Out events designed to help spread the word both about the program and the safety resources available from the Sanford Police Department.
And you can expect to hear more about National Night Out in the months to come. “Our goal is to carry the spirit of National Night Out throughout the year,” says Sgt. Tony Hancox of the Sanford Police Department. “We hope the community will continue to come out and show their support.”
See photos from the night on our Facebook page.
For more information National Night Out and upcoming events, contact Miller at 919-777-1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.