By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 24, 2018 | 3:15 p.m.
SURRY – An enthusiastic Sheriff Carlos Turner described Surry Night out – with over 400 people participating – as “The biggest one ever! We had over 33 vendors set up! And everything was donated by community partners!”
“Everything we were able to do was all done by donations – people helping us and wanting it to be a success,” Turner continued. “And because of that, it really was a huge success! We opened at 5:30 and we already had a line of people at 4:30 to get in at Surry Parks and Rec to get in on the fun – and the free t- shirts we gave the first 110 people who came up.”
In addition to the free t-shirts, Turner said that they gave out free Slurpee coupons from 7-11, gift cards to movies, and coupons for Wendy’s and Chick Fil-A. And as music provided by a local DJ played in the background, everyone in attendance was treated to free hot dogs, cheeseburgers, baked beans, and cold drinks donated by community partners.
“We had face painting, a bounce house, police cars kids could see inside, equipment like shields and stuff out they could put them on and feel what the gear was like, riot gear, fire trucks, they got to look inside the rescue squad truck – we even had the Prince George bucket truck!” Turner added.
The Claremont Masonic Lodge, performed 53 child ID’s
Turner said that participants also included representatives of valuable local resources to citizens like Family Youth and Resources, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, the Surry Ruritan Club, the Treasurer’s office answering tax questions, and the Claremont Masonic Lodge, which performed 53 child ID’s.
“We had reached out to our community, too, in an effort to combine Night Out with our school bags giveaway drive,” Turner explained. “So we partnered with the Royal Stepz Social club which gave out 150 bookbags with supplies. And Just Be gave out 120 book bags filled with school supplies, bags to two teachers filled with classroom supplies, and they held a Surry County Trivia Questions feature where they gave out over $600 to kids for back to school shopping.”
Another popular feature of this year’s Night out was the filming of Surry County’s answer to the Lip Synch Challenge currently sweeping law enforcement officers throughout the country.
“It’s just showing the community that we are human too. Yeah, we have badges, guns, and equipment, and we are also HUMAN. We have a good time too. We have evolved in law enforcement. It’s about getting involved with the community and letting people know that we are human. “
Turner said that he would like to particularly thank, “our wonderful community who came out and supported our National Night Out 2018 event! We would also like to thank all of the businesses, groups and individuals who supported the event through monetary donations, food donations, and volunteer help. Without your assistance none of this would have been possible. This is what it is all about- coming together, keeping in touch, and watching over our community to make sure you stay safe. We are the eyes and ears of Surry County. We need to make sure crime stays out by caring about our community.”