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#388: A Blast at National Night Out

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This evening I volunteered at our neighborhood center to help with National Night Out festivities. It was an opportunity to feel needed, to greet old neighbors and meet new ones. The fire and police departments had vehicles present for tours. A face painter did amazing artwork on the kids' (and some adults) faces, balloons, educational safety coloring books, Seniors versus Crime had informational literature and there was a special adult/child basketball game with small size basketballs as well as normal sized basketball games for the older kids. emoticon

We probably served several hundred grilled hamburgers emoticon and hot dogs and passed out bags and bags of potato chips, Fritos, Doritos and Oreo and animal cookies. Two large containers of lemonade emoticon drew big crowds, especially in the Florida heat we had. emoticon

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen neighborhoods through heightened awareness of crime. It builds community spirit and increases participation in Neighborhood Watch, sending a message to criminals that our communities are organized and are fighting back. It's also a perfect opportunity to get to know our neighbors. emoticon

I've written before about how active our neighborhood association is. This is one more example of how people can pull together, adults and children, newcomers and established residents and share a few hours of camaraderie and friendship. If your community does not have organized National Night Out activities, now is the time to begin planning for next year.

It is an experience that bonds people together and makes neighborhoods safer. And it's a heck of a lot of fun, even if I wasn't able to get my face painted. emoticon
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  • SPARKLOVE
    Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! Sounds like an event with a good purpose! emoticon
    3859 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    That sounds so kewl!
    I am checking it out on the internet. Did not even know such a thing existed.

    Do they all meet in the streets or what??? Everyone brings something?

    Sound like fun!

    3862 days ago
  • ABALIGAD
    Hi Lou! I LOVE our National Night Out here in Anaheim! We're the captains of our Neighborhood Watch, and are very active in our community along with being C.E.R.T. Team Captains for our city.

    I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog (thanks Yatmama!), it's so very nice to connect with others who believe in the same values. emoticon

    And oh yeah, my book average is 177, what's yours?? LOL emoticon

    And I need to lose about five bowling balls myself...

    Take care!
    3862 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    That sounds like such an awesome time. I love that you shared it with us in such detail. Next best thing to being there with you!! Community. What a fabulous thing!!!
    3862 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Sounds great! That's great that you took part in the event and enjoyed some camaraderie. Good for you, Lou!

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    3863 days ago
  • QUIKSYLVER
    Yay for our cops (and firefighters, I suppose)! emoticon

    Love, a cop (and cop-wife)
    3863 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2010 10:49:31 AM
  • GIBBLES5
    sounds very cool Lou!!!
    3863 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    I'd paint you into a striped tiger!!! Grrrr.

    That's a very good project and I hope it continues for your neighbourhood.
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    3863 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Sounds like a marvelous time! I wish this neighborhood would get involved.....what a difference it would make. But, thank God for you, and the countless others who ARE involved in such a worthwhile and necessary group. I am glad you had a great time!
    3863 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    WOW! That sounds great! We live on a dirt road out in the country, but thankfully, we know all of our neighbors! I wish we'd all get together but most of them kind of like to keep to themselves unless we pass them on our walks, and then we visit.
    3863 days ago
  • PENNYAN45
    I love participating in neighborhood activities like that. It gives such a great feeling of community. Glad you got to enjoy it.
    3863 days ago
  • COMPUCATHY
    Sounds like fun! Glad you participated. emoticon
    3863 days ago
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