By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 5, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.
On August 6, National Night Out will be celebrated all over the country for the 36th consecutive year, including four celebrations in Sussex and Surry Counties. will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases around the world. In fact, over 38 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.
Even – or perhaps, especially – with today’s technology, it is important for communities to reach out and connect person to person with neighbors. In essence, National Night out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, uniting police and neighbors under positive circumstances during an evening of fellowship, free food, youth activities, fun, and entertainment for all ages.
In Sussex and Surry Counties, there will be four separate Night Out Celebrations this year. All are free and each is geared toward community fun – and togetherness – and getting to know our law enforcement officers. Here’s a peek at just a little of what locals can look forward to when attending each.
According to the Surry County Sheriff’s Department, last year over 300 people came out to play at their NNO. This year, from 5 – 9 p.m. at what they describe as “even bigger and better” local citizens are invited to come out and enjoy Free hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and watermelon provided by the Sheriff’s Office as they visit informational booths provided by the likes of Cooperative Extension and Chippokes State park. There will be cars and equipment kids can “see/touch/feel” from the Sheriff’s Department, Rescue Squad, and Fire Department. The ever-popular dunk tank is expected to be a real crowd-pleaser, as are the giveaways they will have on hand. One significant free item will be free back packs with Back to School supplies courtesy of Royal Stepz Social Club and JustBe. Service organizations also will be on hand to provide useful information to the community.
The Waverly Police Department is hosting a NNO at Allen. W. Gibson Park on Bank Street from 4-9 p.m. Some of the special fun provided will include Bouncy houses, a Game Truck with video games inside, and Knocker Balls – giant inflatibles that folks actually get inside and “knock” against each other. They will also have free Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, chips, drinks, plus there will be popcorn from Famous Dave’s. A special area will be set up for booths from DSS and the Commonwealth Attorney, among others, offering important and helpful community help and information. Kids will have the opportunity to get up close and personal, seeing police cars, rescue squad vehicles, and fire department vehicles. Plus the Waverly PD will be distributing free backpacks with Back-To-School Supplies. And, as with all NNO events, everything will be free to the public.
Sussex County – Two – Wakefield and Jarrett (in partnership with Greensville County)
The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office is hosting two National Night Outs with “lots of fun” promised at each from 5 PM til 8 PM at the Wakefield Ballpark and the Jarratt Ballpark.
Deputies Crystle Wyche and Alieesha Blue, who are helping with organizing and running the dual events, reported that at each location they will have face painting, a dunk tank, bouncy houses, water slides, free hot dogs hamburgers, chips, cookies, drinks, cotton candy and snowcones, a DJ playing music, plus fire trucks and rescue squad and Sheriff’s Department vehicles out for kids to see.
Both Wyche and Blue expressed excitement about the event, where they will be volunteering to help with “everything” – and said that their favorite parts are being out with the crowd, getting to know members of the community better, and “Seeing the kids happy.”
National Night Out on August 6 will be a series of big, local community events sponsored by local law enforcement and other caring citizens, where all local folks are invited to enjoy free food, fun, and fellowship.
Sussex County Sheriff Giles probably best described NNO when he called it “A time we can all come together to form and strengthen a community bond – to show the community that things can change. It’s a chance to motivate our kids through example. To show them we can come together and unite in love.”