Tuesday night marked the 28th annual National Night Out and many communities in the Nashville area participated in the program. The event is geared to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community relationships in the fight for a safer nation.
In the Edgehill neighborhood, community groups came together and held events with food, dancing, games and information booths to help promote a safer neighborhood.
One such group is Isaiah 58, Belmont's ministry to the poor and disenfranchised in Nashville. Through the Isaiah 58 ministry, Belmont is able to extend a lifeline to those with short-term needs, as well as develop long-term relationships with individuals and families trapped in a cycle of poverty. They came with a busload of clothes and food for those in need at the Night Out celebration.
A main objective of National Night Out Send is to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
That’s why the Foundation for a Drug-Free South came out to distribute materials on The Truth About Drugs to young and old alike. “We have a message to get out to our youth—and adults!” says Audra Thomas with the Foundation, “I feel a personal responsibility to get these materials out into the neighborhood so people aren’t caught in the drug trap.”
Residents enjoyed a beautiful evening for meeting friends, neighbors, police officers, and public officials.
For more information on how to organize a National Night Out event in your community visit: www.nationalnightout.org.