National Night Out to be Held on August 2nd

National Night OutThe City of Sandy Springs and Target have teamed up for the 28th Annual National Night Out (NNO) in an effort to create a safer and healthier community. A children’s (ages 14 and younger) celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hammond Park at 6005 Hammond Drive. The free event will include food and refreshments; car safety seat checks; information on how to sign up for or start a Neighborhood Watch program; the Fire Safety House, which provides a hands-on learning environment; fire trucks and police cars; meeting police officers and firefighters; and information on how to be safe in an emergency.

“The goal of National Night Out is to create a safe and healthy community, so we involve residents and public safety personnel. We do this while also creating a unique crime and drug prevention event that takes place right in our neighborhood,” said Police Chief Terry Sult. “The partnership between Target and the Sandy Springs Police Department further strengthens and supports local anticrime programs.”

Nationwide, last year’s event involved residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states. In all, more than 37 million people participated in NNO. Target gives away 5 percent of its income to communities every week, which is more than $3 million per week. This year’s local sponsors include: Publix, FastSigns, Pig-n-Chick and Kroger.

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