Residents, first responders mingle at National Night Out in Beech Island
Residents, a few deputies and some firemen joined together and braved the bad weather for some fun, games and wholesomeness at the National Night Out in Beech Island on Tuesday.
National Night Out, a nationwide awareness-raising event for communities and police in the U.S., is always held the first Tuesday of August.
Eliza Mosley, coordinator for the event in Aiken County, hosts the National Night Out at the Clearwater Village apartment complex on the 100 block of Seminole Street, just off the Aiken-Augusta Highway.
“Tonight has been great, not as many people showed up as there have been in the past, but I think that’s just because of the thunder and rain,” Mosley said. “Those who did decide to make an appearance all had fun, got something eat and just got to be together. We don’t get together enough anymore, so nights like tonight are important.”
Deputies with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Michael Hunt himself were also present to mingle with the residents.
“This night is all about interacting with the citizens and giving these people a chance to get together with their neighbors,” Hunt said. “It’s good to know your neighbors, and it’s important that everybody works together to keep their community safe.”
Some members of the Midland Valley Fire Department were also there with one of their trucks to showoff to the kids.
“We’re just out here providing awareness and fire safety education,” said Logan Byars, firefighter with the Midland Valley Fire Department.
Many of the residents brought their kids along to enjoy a game truck, two balloon girls, snow cones and hot dogs.
“These kind of events are important because its a safe, fun environment for my kids,” said Sherry Roberts.
BonnieAnne Fulghum, coordinator with the Tri-Development Center, was also there with a member of Safe Kids teaching kids about safety. Safe Kids is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury through research, community outreach, legislative advocacy and media awareness campaigns.
Mosley said with so many negative things going on around us like drugs and crime, it’s important to get everyone together for some “good old-fashioned fun.”